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Vera Farmiga to play Norman Bates' mother in 'Psycho' series

Vera Farmiga has been cast as Mrs. Bates in A&E's "Bates Motel."

Story highlights

  • "The Departed" actress Vera Farmiga has been cast in A&E's "Bates Motel"
  • "Bates Motel" is a prequel to the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock film
  • Mrs. Bates is an abusive character who twists her son into a serial killer of women

"The Departed" actress Vera Farmiga has been cast as one of the most notorious mothers in movie history.

She joins A&E's "Bates Motel," a prequel to the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock film.

"[Farmiga] is a phenomenal talent who has demonstrated incredible range and intelligence in a number of landmark film roles, and we couldn't be more excited to have her join our project," executive producer Carlton Cuse said.

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The role's official description downplays Mrs. Bates' abusive character, who twists her son into a serial killer of women: "Mother of young Norman Bates. She's complicated, passionate, and compelling, Norma Louise is a smart, multidimensional character who is always capable of surprising us."

The role of Norman hasn't yet been cast. (Never noticed this before, the similarity of their names -- Norma and Norman Bates -- nice).

    See the full article at EW.com.