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Earlier this fall, we learned that Freddie Highmore was set to play the role of a younger Norman Bates in A&E's upcoming straight-to-series drama Bates Motel, a prequel series to Psycho. Since then, we've been left to wonder how Highmore and his Bates co-star Vera Farmiga would look playing the role of son and mother in the film. Wait no further! We now have our first look at the two stars.
Here they are in the first photo for the series, which shows Highmore as Norman Bates and Vera Farmiga as Norma Louise Bates seated on a hillside in front of what appears to be the old motel, which will play part of the setting for the series.
In addition to the photo, EW includes a comment from co-showrunner Carlton Cuse about the setting for the series, which apparently won't be entirely focused on the happenings at the Bates Motel, but will also include the town. ''The town itself is very much a character in the show,'' Cuse says. ''There are a lot of secrets that lurk beneath this bucolic veneer."
Branching out as far as the setting goes will certainly give the writers plenty of room to play. In the meantime, it's interesting to see Highmore and Farmiga in character in the photo. I barely recognize Highmore from his days of August Rush and Finding Neverland. Something tells me we won't see much of that adorable little kid in this character when this series premieres next spring (2013)!
More cast info on the series here.