Scarlett Johansson Playing Hitchcock Heroine Janet Leigh In Hollywood Movie

10 October 2012 by

Scarlett Johansson

A new film still from the movie Hitchcock has just been released, showing Scarlett Johannson as Psycho star Janet Leigh.

The Avengers Assemble actress is seen in a short bouffant wig, green polo-neck jumper and looking serious as she clutches the steering wheel of a vintage car. Think it looks familiar? Well, it perfectly mirrors the famous scene in 1960 thriller Psycho when Marion Crane, played by Janet Leigh, has just stolen money from her boss and is fleeing town.

Janet Leigh in Psycho

Janet Leigh in Psycho, 1960

Scarlett’s scene on set is for Hitchcock, a big budget Hollywood biopic about the director, released in the US on 23 November. Anthony Hopkins is playing the man himself, considered one of the greatest directors of all time.

Hitchcock’s signature horror films from the 1950s and 1960s include Pyscho, Marnie, The Birds and Vertigo, recently named the greatest movie of all time by The British Film Institute.

Sacha Gervasi, the director of Hitchcock, said, 'When we took that still of Scarlett behind the wheel and put it up against the still of Janet behind the wheel in Psycho, it was eerie.

'The extent to which Scarlett was able to channel Janet [was] a real surprise. She brought it in such a way that no one really anticipated.'

Just what IS it about Alfred Hitchcock at the moment? As well as Hollywood’s Hitchcock, which also stars Jessica Biel and Helen Mirren, there’s a BBC drama airing in December, starring Sienna Miller as Hitchcock’s long-time muse Tippi Hedren.

Hitchcock and Tippi

Toby Young as Alfred Hitchcock and Sienna Miller as Tippi Hedren from The Girl - and the real two

Nicole Kidman is currently filing a biopic about Grace Kelly, who was another Hitchcock heroine, and the BFI has dedicated a whole season to the iconic director.

Time to brush up on your horror knowledge, we say.


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