While it remains to be seen whether Anthony Hopkins in Sacha Gervasi‘s Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho does any better at capturing the Hitchcock resemblance than Toby Jones does in Julian Jarrold‘s The Girl, what’s clear is that the former will be surrounded by quite a high profile cast. Jessica Biel has just beat out several other actresses to land the role of Vera Miles, who played Lila Crane in Psycho. She joins a roster that also includes Scarlett Johansson and James D’Arcy as Psycho stars Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins, and Helen Mirren as Hitchcock’s wife Alma Reville.

Gervasi is directing from a script by John McLaughlin and Tom Thayer, who adapted it from Stephen Rebello‘s nonfiction tome of the same title. I expect the title will change at some point, since the current one sounds more appropriate for a documentary than a narrative feature, but that’s what they’re going with for now.

Biel is currently filming Emanuel and the Truth about Fishes, and will next be seen in Len Wiseman’s remake of Total Recall. Shooting on Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho is scheduled to begin next month. [Deadline]

After the jump, Nathan Fillion is joined by another Joss Whedon alum in Percy Jackson.

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I’m gradually becoming more interested in Francesca Gregorini‘s new film Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes. The film was once set to star Gregorini’s Tanner Hall star Rooney Mara — that film was made a bit before Mara was a big name — and now features Kaya Scodelario as a girl who gets involved in a very strange family situation.

The film just added four cast members: Alfred Molina, Frances O’Connor (A.I.), Jimmi Simpson (Zodiac), and Aneurin Barnard (Ironclad). They join Scodelario and Jessica Biel in the film about a woman who doesn’t realize (or doesn’t accept) that her baby is actually only a doll. Read More »

Seems like a big sector of movie news this week is about Rooney Mara, even when it isn’t. The actress, starring now in David Fincher’s version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (and killing it, I might add) was in a 2009 film called Tanner Hall that didn’t get much distribution or attention. A peek at the trailer for the movie might suggest the reason for the film’s minor profile.

Still, Mara was set to play the title role in Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes from Tanner Hall director Francseca Gregorini until scheduling got in the way. (Suggesting that David Fincher was talking about A Nightmare on Elm Street rather than Tanner Hall when he said of Mara, “I know that her first foray into being the center of a movie was an incredibly draining, unproductive and bad experience for her.”) Now Kaya Scodelario will play that role instead, and Jessica Biel is in final talks to play the other key role. Read More »

Nicole Kidman‘s Blossom Films and Olympus Films have teamed up to acquire the movie rights for Kevin Wilson‘s bestselling book The Family Fang, which they plan to develop as a starring vehicle for Kidman. The two companies previously collaborated on Rabbit Hole, for which Kidman received a Best Actress Oscar nomination.

Wilson’s debut novel centers around a couple of performance artists who regularly incorporate their unwilling children into their bizarre acts. Years later, misfortune prompts the now-grown son and daughter to return home, where they find their parents gearing up for one final masterpiece. [Deadline]

After the jump, New Line pulls together an intriguing shortlist for Burt Wonderstone‘s female lead, and The East‘s terrorist organization gets one more member.

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‘New Year’s Eve’ Trailer #2 and Poster

A new poster and trailer have dropped for New Year’s Eve, Garry Marshall‘s follow-up to his commercial hit Valentine’s Day. The film appears to be essentially just Valentine’s Day with warmer clothing and some casting changes. Once again, Marshall brings together lots of big-name celebs for a collection of interlinked love stories that revolve around the holiday name-checked in the title.

This time around, the stars are Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Biel, Hector Elizondo, Robert De Niro, Halle Berry, Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, Til Schweiger, Lea Michele, Zac Efron, Abigail Breslin, Sofia Vergara, Alyssa Milano, Hilary Swank, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ice Cube, Seth Meyers, John Stamos, Jon Bon Jovi, John Lithgow, Ludacris, and Ryan Seacrest, who all converge in or around Times Square on New Year’s Eve. Watch the trailer and check out the poster after the jump.

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So many set videos have surfaced from The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises and Man of Steel it almost feels like they’re the only three movies currently in production. Obviously, that’s far from the case and another major 2012 event film has just been forced into the set video ring. That movie is Len Wiseman‘s remake of Total Recall starring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston and John Cho. Several photos popped online last month of robots walking around the set and now videos have surfaced that show a bunch of different hovercars on impressive rigs.

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I’d like to make this the ‘leading lady’ edition of Casting Bits, but I don’t think Caleb Landry Jones would like that very much. (Jason Segel would probably be OK with it.) Still, after the break you’ll find that two films have chosen their lead actresses, while Jones joins Jordan. Ahem. To wit:

  • Alexandra Maria Lara (above) takes the (female) lead in Ron Howard’s racing movie Rush,
  • Cody Horn will be the leading lady in Soderbergh’s Magic Mike,
  • Caleb Landry Jones, aka the First Class version of Banshee, joins Neil Jordan’s Byzantium,
  • and, as a final note, Jason Segel appears to be confirmed for Judd Apatow’s This is Forty.

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Steven Soderbergh‘s Magic Mike, the film based on experiences Channing Tatum had as an exotic dancer in his youth, is going forward full-steam. The film locked Alex Pettyfer early on to play a young male stripper mentored by ‘Magic’ Mike Martingano, played by Tatum. Earlier this week the film landed Matthew McConaughey and Matt Bomer as the owner of the club where the characters work, and another male stripper, respectively.

Now Riley Keough and True Blood‘s Joe Manganiello have been added. And there is a rumor that Jessica Biel could be in the cast, too, albeit one that may already be debunked. Read More »

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