Toby Jones, who is no stranger to playing iconic artists (see: his underrated turn as Truman Capote in Infamous) will now step into the famous silhouette of Alfred Hitchcock. According to a release from the BBC, the actor will play the legendary director alongside Sienna Miller (pictured) for the upcoming BBC 2 drama The Girl.
The film will chronicle Hitchcock’s “obsessive relationship” with his blond muse, actress Tippi Hedren (Miller), which writer Gwyneth Hughes researched by chronicling Hedren herself, as well as surviving members of the director’s crew. After casting the unknown Hedren in his classic The Birds, Hitchcock’s determination, and ultimate failure, to be with Hedren turned out to be a story as fascinating as the plots of one of his movies.
With Julian Jarrold (Becoming Jane) slated as the director and Hitchcock biographer Donald Spoto on board for the project, Hughes said of the film, “It’s been the most enormous privilege to talk at length to Tippi Hedren, the last ‘Hitchcock blonde’ in the life of Britain’s most original and successful film director. At the time, in the early 1960s, the American star suffered in silence. But now, at the age of 81, her wisdom and insights have helped me to put her real-life ordeal on to the screen. ”
Hughes added, “I know Tippi is absolutely thrilled, as I am, with the casting of Sienna Miller to play her, and when the two of them met recently they got on like a house on fire. I’ve loved Toby Jones’ work for years and for me, he is the perfect choice to play the tormented genius, Alfred Hitchcock.” Imelda Staunton and Penelope Wilton have also been cast in the BBC2 feature, which does not yet have an air date.