AFI Film Fest Selects 'Hitchcock' as Opening Night Movie

The big name film festivals are in full swing and the AFI Film Festival will be arriving in November. The festival, which runs from November 1-8, announced today that Fox Searchlight's Hitchcock will make its world premiere as the opening night movie.

The film, which stars Anthony Hopkins as the iconic director is based on the book written by Stephen Rebello titled Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho which chronicles the making of Hitch's seminal 1960 movie.

"AFI’s history with Alfred Hitchcock is a proud one, from a Master Seminar at the AFI Conservatory in 1970 to his receiving the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1979," said Bob Gazzale, President and CEO of the American Film Institute.  "We are honored to celebrate his lasting legacy with the World Premiere of Hitchcock – a bloody valentine to his creative genius and the inspired woman at his side."

Co-starring in the film are Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh, Jessica Biel as Vera Miles and Helen Mirren as Hitchcock's wife, Alma Reville.

The film will look to generate some positive buzz as it gears up for its theatrical release on November 23 and the awards season chaos that unfolds at the end of the year.

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