Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson to play Janet Leigh in 'Making of Psycho'

March 2, 2012 at 9:50 AM ET

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Benoit Tessier
Look back at her path from promising young actress to major star.

Scarlett Johansson is ready to play the most iconic naked murder victim ever.

The actress, 27, has signed on to play actress Janet Leigh in "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho," about master director Hitchcock's horror classic, in which Leigh is memorably butchered in the buff while taking a shower at the Bates Motel (video below).

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Based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Stephen Rebello, the prestige pic will also star Anthony Hopkins as the auteur himself, and Helen Mirren as Alma Reville, Hitchcock's wife; British actor James D'Arcy will play Anthony Perkins, who portrayed serial killer Norman Bates.

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As suggested by the title, the film centers on Hitchcock's then-risky decision to make (and finance himself) a seemingly lowbrow horror flick at the height of his legendary career.

The screenplay will be written by John J. McLaughin, who penned Natalie Portman's psychological thriller "Black Swan," with director Sacha Gervasi at the helm.

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