For whatever reason, 2012 has become the year to reassess the life and influence of legendary director Alfred Hitchcock. While the high regard he is held in by fans and critics alike has never waned, it certainly seems to be heightened this year, chiefly for three reasons: the 2012 Sight & Sound poll which placed Hitchcock’s masterpiece Vertigo over Citizen Kane as the greatest film of all time (for the first time in its 50 years of publishing); Julian Jarrold’s (Red Riding: 1974) upcoming HBO drama The Girl, which stars Toby Jones as the eccentric director and details the making of The Birds and his apparent obsession with actress Tippi Hedren (Sienna Miller); and last but not least Sacha Gervasi’s (Anvil! The Story of Anvil) biopic Hitchcock, which has now been brought forward from an early 2013 release to join the crowded awards seeason race. Starring Anthony Hopkins as the Master of Suspense and Helen Mirren as his supportive wife Alma, Hitchcock documents their marriage set against the backdrop of making his classic Psycho. The first trailer arrived today and it certainly looks the part for an awards contender, with seemingly impressive performances from the leads as well as some compelling drama, and no doubt this will be knocking some of the wind out of The Girl. Scarlett Johansson looks like a suitable fit for Janet Leigh, and the impressive supporting cast also includes James D’Arcy, Jessica Biel, Toni Colette, Danny Huston, Michael Stuhlbarg, Michael Wincott, Kurtwood Smith, Wallace Langham and Ralph Macchio. Overall this is a promising first look, but who knows if it will be more than just a well-performed nostalgia-fest à la My Week with Marilyn. Regardless of the final quality of these projects, if they result in more people watching and discussing Hitchcock’s oeuvre then I’m all for it.
Hitchcock is due November 23 in the US. Check out the first trailer and poster below (via The Playlist).
The Girl premiers on HBO on October 20. If you missed the latest trailer take a look below.