[TV] Meet the Residents of “Bates Motel”, A&E’s ‘Psycho’ Prequel!

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Freddie Highmore stars as Norman Bates in “Bates Motel,” the Psycho prequel from “Lost”‘s Carlton Cuse and “Friday Night Lights”‘ Kerry Ehrin. The series will explore Norman’s back story that helped forge the infamous serial killer. After relocating to a new town, Norman will be tasked with navigating the social land mine that comes with being the new kid at a local high school.

A&E is currently filming the series in Vancouver, for an early 2013 premiere. “We think our take on the Bates family will both be surprising and subvert expectations. We can’t wait for people to check in,” Cuse told The Hollywood Reporter, who also shared the first ever batch of cast photos from the series.

My Soul to Take‘s Max Thieriot will play Norman’s older brother Dylan Bates in the series. Thieriot’s Dylan has a love-hate relationship with his mother, Norma, and will return home unexpectedly to discover his family’s new residence. “Lost” alum Nestor Carbonell will reunite with Carlton Cuse on Bates, playing Sheriff Alex Romero — who is described as dark and edgy, with eyes that see everything and an unwillingness to let anyone off the hook for anything. Cloverfield‘s Mike Vogel plays Deputy Zach Shelby, a compassionate guy with an instant likability to him. Nicola Peltz will play Bradley, a girl Norman takes a liking to at school who’s described as bright and effortlessly sexy with a depth that makes her seem older than she really is. Olivia Cooke plays Emma Decody, a classmate of Norman’s with a penchant for adventure despite having a medical condition that requires her to roll a portable oxygen tank along with her. Lastly, Academy Award nominee Vera Farmiga will play the Norma Louise Bates, the complicated, passionate and compelling mother to Norman who is smart, multidimensional and always capable of surprising people.

  • WalkingDeadGuy

    When I first heard it was a prequel, I assumed it was going to be a period piece, clearly they went a different direction. Too bad, I would have loved to see a ‘Mad Men’ style show featuring Norman’s upbringing. Now I can’t help but think the entire series will be one giant ‘CSI’/’Criminal Minds’ episode.