The big question on everyone’s mind when A&E announced it’s working on a Psycho television series was, “Who will play young Norman Bates?” Well, according to The Hollywood Reporter, we now know: Freddie Highmore.
The actor who appeared as a child in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Finding Neverland and more recently in The Art of Getting By won the lead role in Bates Motel, which shines the spotlight on the character made famous by Anthony Perkins.
The series, created by Lost‘s Carlton Cuse and Friday Night Lights‘ Kerry Ehrin, focuses on Norman’s younger days helping his mother run the infamous motel, and their less-than-healthy relationship. Vera Farmiga (The Departed) is set to star as the younger Mrs. Norma Bates, while Max Thieriot (Kit Kittredge) as just announced as Norman’s older, rebellious, James Dean-like brother Dylan.
Bates Motel is set to premiere on A&E sometime next year.