What a difference a few months make! Back in early September we first heard about the BBC Two’s upcoming docudrama The Girl, which chronicles director Alfred Hitchcock’s obsessive relationship with his The Birds star Tippi Hedren. At the time there was one pair of names attached to star as Hitch and Hedren, but times have changed, and now we have two new names – Toby Jones and Sienna Miller, respectively.
Per Deadline the Wall to Wall Television production of The Girl will be produced by Amanda Jenks and executive produced by Leanne Klein for Wall to Wall and Lucy Richer at the BBC. Shooting starts this week in South Africa.
Miller (pictured, Stardust) is no doubt best known for her tempestuous relationship with actor Jude Law over many years while Jones has appeared in such films as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, The Rite, Captain America: The First Avenger, and The Hunger Games.
According to BBC Two Hedren has cooperated by giving interviews to writer Gwyneth Hughes, while Hitchcock biographer Donald Spoto is attached as a consultant. Becoming Jane’s Julian Jarrold is directing with Imelda Staunton and Penelope Wilton also in the cast.
Hitchcock was at the height of his fame and creativity when, in 1962, he chose an unknown fashion model to star in his most ambitious film — The Birds. But as he sculpted Hedren into the perfect Hitchcock blonde of his imagination, he became obsessed with the impossible dream of winning the real woman’s love. His failure arguably destroyed both of their careers. In a statement Hughes said: “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.”
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