Toni Collette, Danny Huston, Michael Stuhlbarg and Michael Wincott are in negotiations to join Fox Searchlight Pictures’ Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, reports Variety.
The film, based on Stephen Rebello’s 1998 non-fiction book, tells the true story of Hitchcock’s (Anthony Hopkins) attempts to finance his now-classic 1960 horror film Psycho. Adapted by John McLaughlin, who co-wrote Black Swan, the story is centered on the relationship between Hitchcock and his wife Alma Reville (Helen Mirren).
According to the trade, Collette will play Peggy Robertson, Hitchcock’s longtime assistant who was fiercely protective of her boss. Huston is in talks to play Whitfield Cook, Alma’s friend and collaborated who co-wrote Hitchcock’s Stage Fright with her. Stuhlbarg will play Lew Wasserman, Hitchcock’s charismatic agent and Hollywood-savvy friend. Wincott will play Ed Gein, the Wisconsin-based serial killer whom the Psycho book and movie are based on.
James D’Arcy, Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Biel play Psycho stars Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh and Vera Miles.
Sacha Gervasi (Anvil! The Story of Anvil) is directing the film.