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Anthony Hopkins in talks to play Alfred Hitchcock

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ANTHONY Hopkins is reportedly in early negotiations to play legendary director Alfred Hitchcock.

According to The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision blog, the Oscar-winning actor is in talks to portray ‘the Master of Suspense’ in Alfred Hitchcock & The Making of Psycho.

The film is an adaptation of the non-fiction book by Stephen Rebello.

Sacha Gervasi, who directed the acclaimed documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil, is also in talks to direct, with Montecito developing the project to give Paramount first option to distribute.

Rebello’s book, which was first published in 1998, traces how Hitchcock decided to make a “lowly” horror movie, which went on to become one of his biggest hits and one of the most influential movies of all time.

In addition, the film will focus on the relationship between Hitchcock and his wife, Alma Reville.

John McLaughlin (of Black Swan fame) has penned the script.

No deals have yet been made with Hopkins or Gervasi, although it is understood the actor is keen to play the icon as he was previously attached to a different version that was to have been directed by Ryan Murphy with Helen Mirren as co-star.

He will next be seen in supernatural thriller The Rite.

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