Cannes: Freddie Highmore Lends Voice to Animated 'Oscar Wilde’s The Canterville Ghost'

Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates

Freddie Highmore stars as Norman Bates in the prequel from Lost's Carlton Cuse and Friday Night Lights' Kerry Ehrin. The series will explore Norman's back story that helped forge the infamous serial killer.

The "Bates Motel" star joins Kim Burdon's animation film, which also features Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry.

LONDON – The Bates Motel star Freddie Highmore, Imelda Staunton (Maleficent) and Toby Jones (The Hunger Games) have joined the voice cast of Kim Burdon's Oscar Wilde’s The Canterville Ghost, which also features Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry.

They are also joined by Miranda Hart (BBC's Call The Midwife) in the animated adaptation of Oscar Wilde's classic story written for the big screen by Giles New and Keiron Self.

The film is produced by Robert Chandler and Gina Carter and will be touted to buyers at the upcoming Marche du Film in Cannes by U.K. and U.S. banner Content.

Currently in preproduction, the animated comedy follows the story of Sir Simon de Canterville, who has been haunting his ancestral home in rural England, Canterville Chase, for over 300 years. He has successfully scared off every previous tenant with ease and aplomb up until the Otis family from America moves in.

Fry, who stars as the famous ghost, said: "I’m excited as a little child to be playing in Oscar Wilde's hilarious and touching ghost story-romance-comedy -- especially as it will mean working again with Hugh Laurie after all these years. The standard and style of the animation will be astounding and the voice talent unmatched in what I am certain will be, the cliche is unavoidable, an unmissable experience for all the family."

Staunton, Highmore and Jones are represented by Artist Rights Group (A.R.G). Hart is represented by Troika.