Dread Central, via TV Guide, report that A&E have found their Norman Bates for Bates Motel, their TV prequel to Psycho.
The role originally immortalized by Anthony Perkins (and artistically molested by Vince Vaughan) will be filled by twenty-year-old Brit Freddie Highmore. Some will recognize Highmore from a pair of roles opposite Johnny Depp, first in Finding Neverland, and later as Charlie Bucket in Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
The TV series will examine just how Norma Bates came to splinter and corrupt her son’s psyche. Mama Bates is to be played by Vera Farmiga. The series begins shooting in Vancouver on September 24.