A&E has added Vera Farmiga to their upcoming Bates Motel TV series. The show, meant as a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, will focus on the co-dependent relationship between Norman Bates and his mother, Norma.
Farmiga will play Norma, described as "passionate and compelling, a smart, multidimensional character who is always capable of surprising us." Farmiga previously starred in Orphan and The Departed, and was nominated for an Oscar for her role in Up In the Air. She is the older sister of Taissa Farmiga, breakout star of the first season of American Horror Story.
Bates Motel is slated to air sometime in the beginning of 2013.