Vera Farmiga was announced in the maternal role of Norma Louise Bates several weeks ago, the Academy Award-nominated actress making her return to TV for her first regular small-screen role in eight years. And now, according to TVLine, the show's found its young Norman -- Freddie Highmore, the former child star of "Finding Neverland" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," will play the killer-to-be.
The 20-year-old English actor most recently headed up Gavin Wiesen's coming-of-age indie "The Art of Getting By," which premiered at Sundance last year. We're sure that, like all child actors, he's capable of playing creepy. Cuse also announced on Twitter that Max Thieriot ("Yellow," "House at the End of the Street") has been cast as Norman's brother Dylan, noting that "Max is a phenomenal, smart and magnetic actor."
"Bates Motel" is slated for 2013.