A&E Finds Its Norman Bates in a Former Child Star

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Norman Bates has officially checked in to the “Bates Motel.”

A&E cast Freddie Highmore to play the famed serial killer of Hitchcock lore, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Who is Highmore you ask? He is best known for playing Charlie in the Johnny Depp version of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” but will now play a decidedly more intense role as the younger version of Bates. Highmore also had roles in the movies “Finding Neverland” and “August Rush.”

While the original Hitchcock film “Psycho” features Bates as a loner, the prequel series will be more crowded. Vera Farmiga had already been cast as his mother Norma, and and the lead role as Charlie in Tim Burton’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, joins the previously cast Vera Farmiga, who will play his mother Norma, and Max Thieriot, who will play Norman’s older brother.

When it hits the cable channel, the series will take a look at the backstory of Norman’s relationship with his mother and why he became a killer.

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