Scarlett Johansson to play Janet Leigh

March 2nd, 2012

Scarlett Johansson has been cast as screen icon Janet Leigh in 'The Making of Psycho'.

The 'Avengers' actress will star alongside James D'Arcy, Anthony Hopkins and Dame Helen Mirren in the project, which is being helmed by 'Anvil!' director Sacha Gervasi.

The movie follows Alfred Hitchcock's struggle to get the classic 1960 horror film - renowned for its terrifying shower scene - made for just £800,000 when the genre was frowned upon by many Hollywood executives.

Many legends exist around the production of the three-minute shower scene, including Hitchcock's use of ice cold water to make Janet's screams more realistic and continuous pranks on her to keep her adrenaline high.

Upon its release it was nominated for four Oscars.

According to Variety, those behind the film are hoping it will end up with the same level of success and awards nominations as Michelle Williams gained for 'My Week with Marilyn'.

Scarlett will next be seen in 'We Bought a Zoo' before her turn as Black Widow in Marvel ensemble movie 'Avengers'.