So A&E is creating a "Psycho" prequel series called "Bates Motel" and it will examine the twisted relationship between Norman Bates and his mommy, Norma. As you may know, this angle was explored in "Psycho IV" where Olivia Hussey starred as the mommy of the serial killer played by Henry Thomas.
Now, Vera Farmiga ("Up in the Air") has been tapped to star as Norma Louis Bates. According to Deadline, the character is described as "passionate, and compelling, a smart, multidimensional character who is always capable of surprising us."
The 10-episode series will premiere on the cable network in 2013. Carlton Cuse ("Lost") and Kerry Ehrin ("Parenthood") will serve as the writers-executive producers.
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