Whether by design or not, it seems Toby Jones’ destiny to portray iconic historical figures and then get overshadowed by another actor doing the same thing. In 2006 Jones turned in a strikingly accurate impersonation of Truman Capote for the movie Infamous, a biopic that had the misfortune of being released a few months after the movie Capote, wherein Philip Seymour Hoffman won Oscars and accolades for playing the same role. This year Jones is set to play renowned director Alfred Hitchcock for an HBO/BBC movie called The Girl. His performance is at risk of being overshadowed once again by Sir Anthony Hopkins, who is destined to earn awards and appreciation for portraying the same character in the upcoming film Hitchcock.
Luckily for Jones, The Girl is set to be released a year before Hitchcock and they are being released in different mediums, so no Oscar face-off. The first photos of Toby Jones as Alfred Hitchcock and Sienna Miller as Tippi Hedren for The Girl have come online courtesy of The Playlist. The heavily made-up and fat-suit sporting Jones looks remarkably similar to the iconic director complete with theatrical movements and facial expressions. The movie will cover the span of Hitchcock’s life when he worked closely with Tippi Hedren, one of the most influential and iconic “Hitchcock blondes,” for the films The Birds and Marnie.
The Girl will be directed by Julian Jarrold (Becoming Jane) with a screenplay by Gwyneth Hughes. Along with Toby Jones and Sienna Miller the film will also feature Penelope Wilton, Imelda Staunton, Sean Cameron Mitchell, and Candice D’Arcy. It premieres on HBO on October 20, 2012 and will debut on BBC2 as part of their Fall line-up. Expect it to be a major player in next year’s Emmy Awards.
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