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Freddie Highmore to play Psycho's Norman Bates

The Art of Getting By

Story by Jack Foley

YOUNG British actor Freddie Highmore is to play a young Norman Bates in new TV series Bates Motel.

The A&E series is designed as a prequel that will explore Norman’s relationship with his mother, Norma, and offer a look at the back story that helped create the serial killer made infamous by Anthony Perkins in the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock feature.

Vera Farmiga will play his mother Norma, while Max Thieriot has also recently joined as the older brother, who is described as a petulant and rebellious James Dean-type.

The series is a co-production between Lost‘s Carlton Cuse and Friday Night Lights‘ Kerry Ehrin, the former of whom commented: “We are incredibly excited to start production on Bates Motel. We think our take on the Bates family will both be surprising and subvert expectations. We can’t wait for people to check in.”

Buzz surrounding the project is such that the series by-passed the traditional pilot stage and was picked up straight to series. Shooting begins soon with the series due to make its debut next year.

Highmore’s credits also include Finding Neverland, August Rush, The Art of Getting By and the lead role as Charlie in Tim Burton’s Charlie & The Chocolate Factory.

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