Scarlett Johansson gets into the shower

Scarlett Johansson could be excused for getting a little anxious about going into the shower over the next few months. She has been cast as Janet Leigh in a movie about the making of the Alfred Hitchcock classic Psycho.

Leigh played Marion Crane, the blonde victim of Anthony Perkins’s unforgettable killer Norman Bates in the 1960 thriller. Johansson joins an impressive cast for The Making of Psycho, including Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock, James D’Arcy and Helen Mirren, who plays the director’s wife.

The film is the latest example of a wave of movies about movies that has included My Week With Marilyn (Johansson reportedly turned down the role of Marilyn Monroe) and Me And Orson Welles. It’s all part of Hollywood’s endless fascination with itself.

The film is based on a book by Stephen Rebello that described how Hitchcock infuriated the studios by choosing to make an unfashionable horror movie, and had to raise the finance himself. Psycho earned 4 Oscar nominations and became the director’s best-known work.

At the time it was controversial for its violence, salaciousness, and that notorious shower scene. One critic actually walked out and resigned his job rather than sit through the film. Johansson’s shower scene is unlikely to inspire similar outrage.

Before we get to see the Psycho movie, Johansson’s next production finds her starring opposite Matt Damon in the heart-warming true story We Bought A Zoo. Reviews from the USA suggest that the film is not quite as sickly as the title implies.

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