Movie News in 60 Seconds: Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh in ‘Psycho’; Bruce Willis, Bodyguard in Mexico; Mila Kunis, Half-Human Demon in ‘Hell’

Movie News in 60 Seconds: Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh in ‘Psycho’; Bruce Willis, Bodyguard in Mexico; Mila Kunis, Half-Human Demon in ‘Hell’

Mar 02, 2012

The Black Dahlia

Alfred Hitchcock is Smiling: Who could play Janet Leigh during the making of Psycho? Why, Scarlett Johansson, of course, an excellent choice in our book for the key role in Sacha Gervasi’s Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho. Also newly announced: James McAvoy, who will try to capture the essence of Anthony Perkins. (McAvoy had previously been under consideration for the director’s My Dinner With Herve, a role that Dominic Cooper has reportedly taken.) Johansson (above, in The Black Dahlia) and McAvoy join Anthony Hopkins, who is ready to take on the unenviable challenge of playing the lengendary Hitchcock, and Helen Mirren, who has been cast as Alma, his long-suffering wife. [Showblitz]

He’ll Take a Bullet for You: An action-thriller has found its leading man. Bruce Willis will star as a bodyguard for a Mexican politician in Five Against a Bullet, a project that is still awaiting a completed script from Alex Litvack, who wrote the most recent version of The Three Musketeers as well as Predators. Oh, and they’ll need a director, too, and other actors, but securing Willis is a key step in order for the project to move forward. [The Hollywood Reporter]

She’s One Tough Demon: In the forthcoming stop-motion animated Hell and Back, Mila Kunis will voice “the toughest rogue demon in Hell,” a character who is half-human. The producers are aiming for an R-rating; Kunis joins a voice cast that includes Nick Swardson (Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star) and TJ Miller as best friends who go to Hell to rescue another friend. [Deadline]

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