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Trailer Watch: 'Hitchcock' Trailer Arrives with Hopkins, Mirren and Johansson; 'Psycho' Scenes

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood October 10, 2012 at 2:04PM

The trailer for Sacha Gervasi's "Hitchcock" has landed, featuring what looks to be an ace, devilish performance from Anthony Hopkins as Hitch, and a characteristically wry, smart turn from Helen Mirren as Alma Reville.
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Helen Mirren and Anthony Hopkins in "Hitchcock."
Helen Mirren and Anthony Hopkins in "Hitchcock."

The trailer for Sacha Gervasi's "Hitchcock" has landed, featuring what looks to be an ace, devilish performance from Anthony Hopkins as Hitch, and a characteristically wry, smart turn from Helen Mirren as his wife and editor, Alma Reville.

Based on Stephen Rebello's book "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho," the film centers on the love story between the master of suspense and his wife (who was a collaborator, creative force and screen credit on many of his films) during the tumultuous filming of the slasher classic. Scarlett Johannson keeps her signature husky voice to play Janet Leigh, which doesn't quite resonate with the actual onscreen vibe of the "Psycho" star, but channeling tends to work better than imitation, and we're interested to see how she interprets the role. Very little of James D'Arcy thus far, who in a recent People magazine spread looks to be a dead ringer for Anthony Perkins.

"Hitchcock" premieres November 1 at AFI FEST, with a limited release on November 23.

Alma Reville, Patricia and Alfred  Hitchcock
Alma Reville, Patricia and Alfred Hitchcock

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.