I can’t imagine Ralph Macchio tried to stage a big Hollywood comeback — his resume wouldn’t exactly point toward any real effort — but there’s a nice little role in at least one more high-profile production for him. According to Deadline, the ex-martial arts champion will take up the part of Psycho screenwriter Joe Stefano in Hitchcock, the Anthony Hopkins-led semi-biopic you’ve heard so much about.

Director Sacha Gervasi probably won’t work with Macchio all that much, however, because the main focus on Hitchcock is twofold: one being the actual, physical production of Psycho — something Stefano didn’t have a whole lot of say in — the other dwelling into the private relationship between Alfred Hitchcock and his wife, Alma Reville (Helen Mirren). Small though this role will probably prove to be, grabbing a reliable, likable actor like Macchio nevertheless exemplifies the kind of care they seem to be putting into this thing.

For further proof, look at the supporting cast: Scarlett Johansson, James D’Arcy, Michael Stuhlbarg, Jessica Biel, Danny Huston, Toni Collette, and Kurtwood Smith, just to ratchet off the bigger names who have attached themselves here. It’s early days here, but I’m feeling good about this project.

Is Macchio’s casting a nice little surprise? How do you think he’ll affect Hitchcock?

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