Meet TV’s New Norman Bates

Freddie Highmore lands the iconic role in A&E's "Bates Motel" TV series.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Earlier this year, A&E gave the greenlight to "Bates Motel," a new TV series that will act as a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock's classic film, Psycho. And now, the leading man has checked into the series.

TV Guide is reporting that English actor, Freddie Highmore has signed on to portray the young Norman Bates, who was immortalized in Hitchcock's film by Anthony Perkins. Henry Thomas also played a young Norman Bates in Psycho 4, while Vince Vaughn took over the role in the 1998 remake.

This isn't the first remake for Highmore, who starred opposite Johnny Depp in the 2005 version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, in addition to his turns in Finding Neverland, The Spiderwick Chronicles and The Art of Getting By (pictured above). Highmore has also provided vocal performances in Astro Boy, The Golden Compass and the three Arthur animated films.

In "Bates Motel," the story will follow Norman's early years as he is slowly driven to kill by his abusive mother, Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga). Previous descriptions of the series have called it "a cross between 'Twin Peaks' and 'Smallville.'"

Former "Lost" co-showrunner, Carlton Cuse is executive producing "Bates Motel," which will run for ten episodes in its first season. Production of the series is slated to begin later this year, with "Bates Motel" expected to debut on A&E in 2013.

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