08/12/2011 07:33 GMT | Updated 08/12/2011 07:37 GMT

Helen Mirren To Play Alfred Hitchcock's Wife In 'The Making Of Psycho'?

Dame Helen Mirren is apparently in talks to play Alfred Hitchcock's wife in a forthcoming biopic.

The Oscar-winning star could be portraying Alma Reville opposite Sir Anthony Hopkins as the legendary filmmaker in Sacha Gervasi's Alfred Hitchcock And The Making Of Psycho, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The film would focus on the director's passion for Psycho - despite Paramount's reported disapproval - and how he backed the movie through his own production company, built his own sets and used crew members from his TV show, Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

It would be the second film about the famed filmmaker, following The Girl starring Toby Jones and Sienna Miller.

The BBC Two drama, to be screened next year, centres on the director's obsessive relationship with leading lady Tippi Hedren.

Alfred Hitchcock And The Making Of Psycho is expected to start shooting next April.