Vera Farmiga has signed on to star in A&E's new series Bates Motel as Norman Bates' mother, Norma Louise Bates. We first reported on this project back in June, when the network handed out a 10-episode order, bypassing the pilot phase.

The story takes place well before the events of Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 horror classic Psycho, exploring Norman Bates' childhood and the relationship with his mother, Norma. The series was created by Anthony Cipriano, with Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights) serving as executive producers. Here's what Carlton Cuse had to say about Vera Farmiga joining the cast.

"We are delighted to welcome Vera Farmiga to Bates Motel. She 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."

The series has been described as a cross between Twin Peaks and Smallville, with A&E eyeing a 2013 debut.

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