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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Geek favorite Nathan Fillion has signed on for Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Sea of Monsters, the Thor Freudenthal-directed sequel to Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief. As Greek god Hermes, father of antagonist Luke (Jake Abel), Fillion joins a strong supporting cast that includes Yvette Nicole Brown (Community), Missi Pyle (The Artist), and Mary Birdsong (The Descendants) as the three Fates.

Logan Lerman, who starred in the first film as Percy, will reprise his role, along with Alexandra Daddario and Brandon T. Jackson. The Sea of Monsters is scheduled to hit theaters March 26, 2013.

After the jump, Halle Berry comes back to The Hive, and Anthony Michael Hall stabs Danny Trejo in the back as Mickey Rourke watches on.

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Obviously, there’s a lot of Avengers today with the new trailer released. Want to read new quotes from Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner about the film? Where can you play an Avengers game right now? Is somewhere selling Avengers themed pet wear? Has a Spider-Man cake ended the trend of superhero cakes? Want to see Nathan Fillion talk about Justice League: Doom and act in a superhero comedy skit? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Want to hear Nathan Fillion as Green Lantern in Justice League: Doom? What does the latest image of The Lizard from The Amazing Spider-Man look like? Does Alan Moore have kind words to say about Beyond Watchmen? Is there a Man of Steel trailer floating around out there? And what’s the latest with the Amazing Spider-Man viral? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Yesterday, news broke of Joss Whedon‘s Much Ado About Nothing, an indie Shakespeare adaptation he’d filmed in secret while taking a short vacation from The Avengers, just ’cause. Little was known about the project when it was first announced, but in a recent interview the writer/director and stars Sean Maher and Amy Acker opened up a bit more, offering insight into the hows, whys, and whats — as well as the first stills from the film. More after the jump.

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No need to scream the geeky battle cry of “Nathan Fillion!” in this casting story, the star of Castle and Firefly already has the job. Fillion has been cast as Hal Jordan, aka the Green Lantern, in the latest film version of the DC Comics superhero. The film comes out this June, but it’s not the Martin Campbell/Ryan Reynolds live action film. Fillion instead will lend his voice to Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, a direct to video film by Warner Brothers Animation that will also feature the voices of Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men) Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter) Henry Rollins and Roddy Piper.

After the jump, read more about that project as well as who Zack Snyder‘s favorite Superman artists are, possibly hinting at what we might see in his film, as well as a few quotes from Marvel main man Kevin Feige about The Avengers. Read More »

Trivia: Han Solo Appears in ‘Firefly’

Have you ever noticed that Han Solo (Harrison Ford‘s iconic character from the original Star Wars trilogy) is hidden in the background in some sceenes of Joss Whedon‘s short lived sci-fi television series Firefly? Details and photos after the jump.

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When it was revealed last month that David O. Russell had found a leading man for his video game adaptation Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, fans went into an uproar because Russell had hired Mark Wahlberg instead of fan favorite Nathan Fillion.

A fan was videotaped approaching Russell at a recent screening of The Fighter at the Arclight Theatre in Hollywood, to see if the filmmaker would reconsider Fillion for the role. Even after being told by his agent that he watched an audition tape sent in by the Firefly star, Russell still has no idea who Fillion is and seems to have no knowledge of the internet campaign to get the actor cast in the big screen video game adaptation.

The whole interaction is just really embarrassing. But I have a feeling that Russell’s choice in Wahlberg is likely to haunt him for the next couple years as he encounters fans from around the world. Watch the video now embedded after the jump.
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