Scarlett Johansson in Psycho, Titanic

03 Mar

Scarlett Johansson in Psycho movie – the actress has landed the part of Janet Leigh in a new movie about the making of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 horror classic.

The new movie is to be called “Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho” and will also star Helen Mirren as Alma, Hitchcock’s wife. Scarlett will be playing Janet Leigh for the off-screen sections of the movie and also be shown as her character Marion Crane.

As Marion, Janet Leigh took part in what was probably the most famous scene from any Hitchcock film and possibly any film of all time. The infamous shower scene will be recreated with Scarlett in the new movie and in the original film was responsible for around 6 days of filming time even though it lasted just 3 minutes on-screen.

We are wondering if Scarlett was practising the shower scene last September when she took the naked photos of herself in her bathroom, which subsequently appeared online?

The new movie is to be directed by Sacha Gervasi who made “Anvil! The Story of Anvil”, a rockumentary about the Canadian band Anvil. Although there is no footage available of the new movie there is already talk comparing it to “My Week With Marilyn.” Variety magazine has said that it will be concentrating on an untold story in Hitchcock’s life much in the same way as we saw behind the facade in “My Week With Marilyn.” Scarlett will certainly be hoping that the role of Janet Leigh brings her the same success as Michele William’s had playing the part of Marilyn Monroe, which brought her a number of honours including an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.

As well as Johansson and Mirren the movie will also star Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock and James D’Arcy as Anthony Perkins, who played the part of Norman Bates the psycho motel owner of the title.

If you can’t wait for the new movie to see Scarlett (no release date as yet but probably some time in 2013), then you can catch up with her in her latest picture “We Bought A Zoo” which is on release in the UK from 16 March.

New Titanic television series – ITV is to show a 4 part mini-series telling the stories of the people behind the Titanic disater.

The series has been written by Julian Fellowes, the writer behind the hugely successful Downton Abbey. He says that he has written a much more realistic version of the final hours of the ship than that depicted in the 1996 film which starred Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio. He described James Cameron’s film as just a “love story set against the sinking of the Titanic.”

The new series will star Peep Show’s Sophie Winkleman as US silent film star Dorothy Gibson. She will bring a touch of the aristocracy to the series as she is married to Lord Frederick Windsor and can officially be called Lady Frederick Windsor. She is also half-sister of Claudia Winkleman, of Strictly and Film 2012 fame.

It is a big year for Titanic followers as it marks the 100th anniversary of the ship sinking in the early hours of 15 April 1912. The ship hit an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland just before midnight on 14 April 1912 and the disaster claimed the lives of 1514 people of the total 2224 aboard. The ship was famously on its maiden voyage when it sank and had been described prior to the disaster as unsinkable.

Fellowes says that he has resisted placing any of the Downton Abbey characters into the new series. Followers of the show will remember that the very first episode of Downton began with the news of the sinking of the Titanic with the heir to Downton and his son among the lives lost.

The series will be shown on ITV later this month and also stars Timothy West and Celia Imrie.


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