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‘Bates Motel’ Adds ‘The Last Airbender’ Star As Young Norman’s Love Interest

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There’s a sentence we never thought we’d say.  A&E’s forthcoming ‘Psycho’ prequel TV series ‘Bates Motel‘ has already taken a few liberties in exploring the formative years of Alfred Hitchcock’s most infamous serial killer, notably adding an older brother into the mix, but did you ever see Norman Bates with a love interest?  Now that M. Night Shyamalan’s  ‘The Last Airbender’ star Nicola Peltz has joined the series, it might not be as farfetched as you think…

More casting news today for A&E’s forthcoming ‘Psycho’ prequel TV series ‘Bates Motel,’ courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter, as ‘The Last Airbender’ actress Nicola Peltz joins the series as Bradley Kenner, a girl at young Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore)’s high school that catches his interest.  The report describes Bradley as “bright and effortlessly sexy with a depth that makes her seem older than she really is.”

Peltz isn’t the only new girl to join A&E’s new budding ‘Psycho’ killer series, as Olivia Cooke also joins ‘Bates Motel’ as Emma, one of Norman’s classmates with a taste for adventure despite a medical condition that necessitates her carrying a portable oxygen tank at all times.  The new additions join Max Thierot as Normans’ older, and somewhat rebellious brother Dylan Bates, a new addition to the mythology.

Developed by ‘LOST’s Carlton Cuse, ‘Bates Motel’ marks Carlton Cuse’s first genre TV project since ‘LOST’ ended in 2010.  ‘Friday Night Lights’ writer Kerry Ehrin will also join as a writer/EP working with Cuse. ‘Bates Motel’ takes a sort of ‘Twin Peaks’ meets ‘Smallville’ approach to telling the back-story of Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’ killer Norman Bates, focusing on the killer’s days as a boy and how his life with his deranged mother (Vera Farmiga) and her lover drove him mad, eventually turning him the killer we know from Hitchcock’s film.

What say you?  Do you think ‘Bates Motel’ will effectively tell Norman Bates’ back-story, now that Nicola Peltz and Olivia Cooke are on board?  Give us your take in the comments below!

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