The latest issue of Vanity Fair includes a set of photo spreads featuring today's Hollywood actors recreating classic Hitchcock scenes in an article titled The 2008 Hollywood Portfolio: Hitchcock Classics. These photos are as good as anything Annie Leibovitz has photographed, which is amazing to say, and are quite a cool set to browse through. Everyone from Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow to Naomi Watts to Emile Hirsch and James McAvoy to Scarlett Johansson and Javier Bardem are featured in this set. Whether you love Hitchcock or whether you love A-list actors, you need to check these out. It's rare that we feature anything like this, but these are just too cool to pass up.
Thanks to the ohnotheydidnt blog for scanning the photos and to SlashFilm for showing us the way. For full-size versions, pick up a copy of the March issue of Vanity Fair on newsstands now. Otherwise, enjoy the photos below!
Charlize Theron in Dial M For Murder
Scarlett Johansson and Javier Bardem in Rear Window
Naomi Watts in Marnie
Keira Knightley and Jennifer Jason Leigh in Rebecca
Emile Hirsch and James McAvoy in Strangers on a Train
Renée Zellweger in Vertigo
Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert Downey Jr. in To Catch a Thief
Tang Wei, Josh Brolin, Casey Affleck, Eva Marie Saint, Ben Foster, Omar Metwally and Julie Christie in Lifeboat
Jodie Foster in The Birds
Seth Rogen in North by Northwest
Marion Cotillard in Psycho
I really do love this photo series. My personal favorites are Seth Rogen in North by Northwest and Emile Hirsch and James McAvoy in Strangers on a Train. Those two both look great with the new actors and are just well-shot scenes as is. Hopefully Vanity Fair puts out some more awesome photo sets like this again in the near future.
User comment: By: Zach D.Found these last night. Really great concept/shots.
User comment: By: NicCasting Scarlett Johanson in a role originated by Grace Kelly is like casting a pickup truck to play an Aston Martin.
User comment: By: RyanAmazing.
User comment: By: JosephWow, totally fantastic. I really need to see Marnie.
User comment: By: HeckleI agree that seth one is great. looks like hes in pain from running. lol
User comment: By: Melinda SeckingtonWow, I love these photos. So difficult to pick a favorite. I wish they'd come out in poster form, but as you said Alex I know that will never happen. It's just like those Disney portrait series also from Annie Leibovitz. Beautiful, but such a shame they're only in a magazine.
User comment: By: Alex BillingtonHey Dom, unfortunately I don't think you're ever going to see them as a poster. They're in the latest issue of Vanity Fair as double page spreads, which is the only place they'll ever show up. They're meant to be a selling piece for that magazine, so that's why they'll only ever be in there. If you want nice big versions, I'd suggest finding a copy of Vanity Fair. I'm sure it's around $5 and you'll get all 11 nice and full-size already printed. :)
User comment: By: DomFantastic! Really like these a lot! - Any chance they'll get released as a set on a poster? P.S. Thanks for putting them up.
Visit here to subscribe to commentsUser comment: By: crAzeimutantsuch great spreads. shame i haven't seen many of these films...