It could be said (if such things were even discussed) that Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho has, in terms of quality and quantity, rounded out its cast to a pretty solid degree. You’ve got your two leads (Anthony Hopkins, playing Hitchcock, and Helen Mirren as his wife, Alma) and, perhaps more importantly, a supporting lineup that none of us expected to be so impressive (Scarlett Johansson, James D’Arcy, Jessica Biel, Michael Stuhlbarg, Danny Huston, Toni Collette, and Michael Wincott).
But there’s still a couple of more parts to fill before things go into action, and this is where THR and Variety come in. They tell us, respectively, that Kurtwood Smith (RoboCop, That ’70s Show) and Wallace Langham (CSI, Little Miss Sunshine) have either signed or are in talks for the film, both playing historical figures. The former’s role is that of a slightly less-known Hollywood player — Geoffrey Shurlock, the Motion Picture Production Code’s administrator. (Think the MPAA but, this being the ’60s, even less diverse.) With much of Sacha Gervasi‘s film tackling the struggle between Hitchcock and institutions — like the ratings board — over his film’s production, you can imagine how Smith‘s role will factor into the overall picture.
We all know Langham‘s part, however: Saul Bass, legendary designer of many title sequences and posters for Hitchcock, Psycho among them. Both artists are said to have conflicted on a creative level — geniuses have a tendency to do that — which, like the implementation of Shurlock, should create some nice conflict; two smart additions to what’s already a nice lineup. Shooting should begin soon.
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