Freddie Highmore Cast as Norman Bates

‘Bates Motel’ is a TV series based around the early life of Norman Bates – the character vividly bought to life by Anthony Perkins in the Hitchcock film ‘Psycho’

Freddie Highmore – most well known for playing Charlie Bucket in Time Burton’s ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and Jared/Simon in ‘The Spiderwick Chronicles’ – has been cast as the young Norman.

Executive producer Carlton Cuse – whose last major project was the tv show LOST – outlined why they cast Highmore:

“Norman Might not be what fans expect. ” “[we aren’t] looking for someone to imitate [Anthony] Perkins, as this series will offer an original, multi-layered take on Hitchcock’s classic.”

The series intends to cover Bates early childhood  through to his teen years, including the twisted relationship Bates had with his mother.  Actress Vera Farmina (‘Up In the Air’, ‘Source Code’, and ‘Orphan’) has already accepted the role of Mr’s Bates, Norman’s mother.

Source: TV Guide
Reporter: Faintdreams

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