A&E won’t be airing Bates Motel – the currently in production prequel series to Alfred Hitchcok’s macabre masterpiece Psycho – until next year, but we’re already getting glimpses of the characters and the series.

Last week, the above image was revealed featuring Freddie Highmore (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) as the young Norman and Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air) as Norman’s mother. Now, 16 photos have been released depicting various cast members and scenes from the prequel series.

The Hollywood Reporter got its hands on the exclusive photos. Check them out below:


The photos also provided brief character descriptions for each of the main characters, including Norman, his mother Norma, his older brother Dylan, his friend Emma Decody, and more. Check them out below:

Norma Louise Bates, played by Vera Farmiga:

“…the complicated, passionate and compelling mother to Norman who is smart, multidimensional and always capable of surprising people.”

Dylan Bates, played by Max Thieriot:

“…has a love-hate relationship with his mother, Norma, and will return home unexpectedly to discover his family’s new residence.”

Emma Decody, played by Oliva Cooke:

“… a classmate of Norman’s with a penchant for adventure despite having a medical condition that requires her to roll a portable oxygen tank along with her.”

Sheriff Alex Romero, played by Nestor Carbonell:

“…dark and edgy, with eyes that see everything and an unwillingness to let anyone off the hook for anything.”

Bradley, played by Nicola Peltz:

“…a girl Norman takes a liking to at school who’s described as bright and effortlessly sexy with a depth that makes her seem older than she really is.”

Freddie Highmore will take on the role that Anthony Perkins made famous

Although these characters may turn out to be interesting enough, the crucial role to the series’ success and the one that everyone is eagerly waiting to see on the small screen is the younger version of Norman, who is described as a “sweet yet refined boy.” Since we already know the monster he eventually becomes, it will interesting to see how series producers Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights) slowly develop and shape Norman’s transformation and the relationship with his mother.

The network is obviously very happy with the direction the show has taken so far, ordering 10 episodes while skipping the pilot stage. Hopefully, audiences will be as quickly drawn into the ominous and mysterious world of the Bates as A&E was.

Be sure to check in to Bates Motel when it comes to A&E in 2013.

Source: THR