Jessica Biel (CR: Fox Searchlight/Jessica Tanner)

Although Hitchcock primarily deals with director Alfred Hitchcock’s relationship with his longtime wife Alma (Helen Mirren), the picture also gives a glimpse of his sheer disappointment with actress Vera Miles, who’s played in the film by Jessica Biel.

Miles, who worked with the Master of Suspense in the 1956 drama The Wrong Man, was the first choice to play the female lead in Vertigo, a part that went to Kim Novak.  In his famous round of interviews with director Francois Truffaut, Hitchcock expressed his disappointment with the casting change.

“Paramount was perfectly willing to have her, but she became pregnant just before the part that was going to turn her into a star,” said the director, whose conversations with Truffaut are featured in the popular film book Hitchcock/Truffaut. “After that I lost interest, I couldn’t get the rhythm going with her again.”

Although Miles worked on Psycho, it was Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins who received the lion’s share of attention.  During a recent press conference for the Hitchcock, Biel elaborated on the challenges of playing Vera Miles.  To hear Biel, click on the media bar below:

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Hitchcock is now playing in limited release.

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posted by Greg Srisavasdi (Twitter: @Gvasdi)