A boy's best friend is his mother, indeed.
Deadline reports that film and television actress Vera Farmiga has been cast as Norma Louise Bates, small business owner and proud mother of the precocious but perhaps uncomfortably-attached Norman.
A&E's upcoming "Bates Motel" series, from writer-executive producers Carlton Cuse ("Lost") and Kerry Ehrin ("Parenthood"), tells the origins of Alfred Hitchcock's future serial killer character Norman Bates. If the film series is any indication, Mrs Bates is poised to play a pivotal role in the development of this "Psycho."
Cuse stated, "[Farmiga] is a phenomenal talent who has demonstrated incredible range and intelligence in number of landmark film roles, and we couldn’t be more excited to have her join our project.”
Farmiga is perhaps best known for her film roles including her Oscar-nominated turn in Martin Scorsese's "The Departed," George Clooney's "Up In The Air," and most recently in Denzel Washington action-suspense film "Safe House." More keen-eyed readers may also note that Farmiga has some history of dealing with psychotic on-screen progeny both biological, in the indie-thriller "Joshua", and adopted, in 2009's "Orphan".
Will she have better luck knocking some sanity into her latest on-screen offspring? I don't want to spoil anything, but...