Early this afternoon People‘s Stephen M. Silverman delivered the first-anywhere image of Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock from the currently shooting Hitchcock, which used to be titled “Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho” when I read the script…what, four or five years ago?

Anthony Hopkins (r.) as Alfred Hitchcock (l.). I’ve already spotted a problem — Hitch’s hair grew only on the sides but it was thicker and clearly longer than Hopkins’ hair, which is quite thin and too closely cropped. Why do they let this stuff happen? How hard can it be to match hairstyles?

Hitchcock began shooting late last week under director Sacha Gervasi (Anvil!). It costars Helen Mirren as Alma Reville, Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh (bad casting), Jessica Biel as era Miles and James D’Arcy as Anthony Perkins.

The credited screenwriters are John J. McLaughlin and Stephen Rebello. Rebello’s 1999 book is the seed of the thing.