Los Angeles, Jan 25 (Agencies): Hollywood veteran Anthony Hopkins is in talks to play legendary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock in a new non-fiction movie about the director's life and film career.

Hopkins, who is famed for his work in psycho-horror films like 'The Silence of Lambs' is keen on playing the original master of the genre, reported Variety online.

Hopkins is talking to production company Montecito to star in a big-screen adaptation of Stephen Rebello's 1998 book, 'Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho.'

The book focuses on the story of Hitchcock's decision to make the now-famous horror movie and the struggle he had to finance and get support for the film.

The script, which was written by 'Black Swan' scribe John Laughlin and which Sacha Gervasi is in talks to direct, may concentrate more on Hitchcock's relationship with his wife, Alma Reville.

Hopkins of course has great experience in the genre, winning an Academy Award for his role as Hannibal Lecter in 'Silence of the Lambs,' and reprising the part for a number of sequels.

He's now appearing in the Satanic-horror 'The Rite,' set to release next week.

Hopkins may have to gain weight to play the famously plump Hitchcock after recently losing 75 pounds through a strict diet and exercise regimen.