The Girl is a BBC biopic about Alfred Hitchcock’s Svengali-like relationship with Tippi Hedren, the star of the director’s seminal The Birds (1963) and the box office and critical flop Marnie (1964). Toby Jones, next to be seen in The Hunger Games and Snow White and the Huntsman, plays Hitchcock, while Stardust / Factory Girl’s Sienna Miller (also known as one of dozens of phone-hacking victims of Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid The News of the World) plays Hedren.
According to the 82-year-old Hedren — a The Girl consultant, mother of Melanie Griffith, and avid supporter of animal welfare — her career went downhill after Marnie because of Hitchcock, who, Hedren claims, was spurned by her.
Hedren told the Daily Mail that Hitchcock, who discovered her in the early ’60s while she was between marriages, "wanted to possess me completely. There were so many wonderful films we could have made together but it was all thrown away because of his mindless lust. I was a highly moral girl. I couldn’t submit to him no matter that he threatened and did ruin my career."
Directed by Kinky Boots / Red Riding 1974’s Julian Jarrold from a screenplay by Gwyneth Hughes, in addition to Toby Jones and Sienna Miller, The Girl also features The History Boys / Match Point’s Penelope Wilton; Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix / Vera Drake’s Imelda Staunton as Hitchcock’s wife, Alma Reville; Chiaroscuro / There Are No Heroes’ Sean Cameron Michael as cinematographer Robert Burks; and One Way / Vehicle 19’s Kate Tilley.
Another Alfred Hitchcock movie, Sacha Gervasi’s Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, is set to star The Silence of the Lambs / Nixon’s Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock, The Avengers / Iron Man 2’s Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh, and W.E. / Cloud Atlas’ James D’Arcy as Anthony Perkins. Additionally, Helen Mirren may be playing Hitchcock’s wife, Alma Reville. Stephen Rebello and John J. McLaughlin are the project’s screenwriters.