A&E’s Bates Motel Casts Freddie Highmore as Norman

This is the first I’m hearing of a “Psycho” prequel series on A&E, but yes it exists, and yes it’s called Bates Motel. The show takes place in the years before the events of the film, back when Norman’s dear old mom was still alive and he had a brother named Dylan as well.

Lost‘s Carlton Cuse is behind the project which recently found its Norman in the form of Freddie Highmore. You probably remember him from two Johnny Depp films, Finding Neverland and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but now the lad is all grown up at 20 years old, and looks creepy enough for the part. It’s mostly because he looks like a younger, crazier Tom Cruise these days. No offense, Freddie.

Norman’s mother will be played by none other than the lovely Vera Farmiga who is less skeletal than her predecessor. Dylan, the long-lost brother that’s been invented for the show, will be played by Max Thieriot. He’s older than Highmore at 23, but looks a bit young, so it’s hard to tell if he’ll be in the older or younger brother role.

This seems a bit American Horror Story-ish to me, but Bates Motel is going to have to go along way if it wants to emulate the creepiness factor of that show. And Vera Farmiga just might be too distracting for it to really be scary:

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