Freddie Highmore (The Good Doctor) is working on a comedy which will have a focus on a dysfunctional mother-son family. He will be co-writing the series and acting as executive producer for ‘Homesick’.
Highmore has previously explored a toxic mother-son relationship during his performance as Norman Bates in A&E’s Bates Motel, a TV series which explored the original slasher in Hitchcock’s psycho. However, despite this being a dark comedy, it promises to be a fair amount lighter than Bates Motel.
Working with James Mitchell, the pair’s script explores themes such as body image, mental health, toxic masculinity and breaking the boundaries of ‘normal’ gender expectations. Mitchell will be drawing from his own experience to fuel the script. The lead character is a twenty-something young man who is hiding the fact that he has an eating disorder from his mother who is both an enabler and a narcissist. However, they are close despite their dysfunctional relationship.
Highmore is no longer the little boy that we once saw in The Spiderwick Chronicles – he’s a talented actor, producer, director and writer who constantly pushes himself into new experiences. He is under an overall deal with Alfresco Pictures and Sony. His first production to come from the deal was Love, Dad. He has also previously written and directed episodes of The Good Doctor where he was the title role and during his time on Bates Motel, he did the same. The Good Doctor (which he also produces) is on its third series soon.
We can’t wait to see what he does next!