HBO’s ‘The Girl’ To Take Us Inside The Obsessive Mind of Alfred Hitchcock

As if The Birds wasn’t scary enough, HBO’s The Girl will take us behind the scenes of the classic film to explore the depths of Alfred Hitchcock’s obsession with his leading lady Tippi Hedren. Directed by Julian Jarrold (Appropriate Adult), the original film explores the lasting effects Hitchcock’s actions had on both his career and Hedren’s, as well as the grueling experience Hedren endured during the filming. Toby Jones (The Hunger Games) stars as Hitchcock, while Sienna Miller (Layer Cake) takes on the role of Hedren. The cast also includes Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake) as Hitchcock’s wife Alma, and Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey) as his assistant, Peggy Robertson.

HBO has released two unsettling teaser trailers that are heavily evocative of Hitchcock’s style. In the first, Hitchcock sizes up Hedren while reciting a limerick that gives us a good idea of what the actor’s mindset was like where Hedren was concerned. The second one delves even deeper into the psychological aspect of the film: “It’s like he wants to get inside of me, but there’s nothing of me left,” Hedren says.

In addition to the teasers, HBO has also released a collection of photos to give us a better look at Jones’s Hitchcock and Miller’s Hedren. You can find the gallery and teasers below. Do you think Jones and Miller look their parts?

The Girl premieres Oct. 20 at 9 p.m. on HBO.

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