Blair Witch Actor Scares Up Bates Motel Arc — What Does He Want With Norma?

Joshua Leonard Bates Motel

Bates Motel is still accepting reservations for its upcoming third season.

Joshua Leonard of Blair Witch Project fame is the latest guest to check into the A&E drama, TVLine has learned exclusively.

The actor — whose TV credits include arcs on Hung, CSI: Miami and The Mob Doctor — will play the recurring role of James Finnigan, a community college psych professor whose pull towards Norma (Vera Farmiga) slowly chips away at his carefully constructed house of cards.

The gig marks a reunion for Leonard and Farmiga; the two played husband and wife in the 2011 indie Higher Ground (which Farmiga directed).

Leonard is Bates Motel‘s fourth major Season 3 hire, following the casting of Mad Men‘s Kevin Rahm (as a man from Romero’s past), Revolution‘s Tracy Spiridakos (as a mystery woman who may or may not cozy up to Dylan) and Sons of Anarchy‘s Ryan Hurst (as an onscreen rival to Kenny Johnson’s Caleb).

Bates Motel reopens in March 2015.

Bates Motel reopens in March 2015.

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  1. Tracy Chapman says:

    Seriously I’d love to be an extra living in Bates Motel.. How awesome would that be 😎

    • Angela says:

      Haha, I know, it would be oddly fun, wouldn’t it? Creepy as hell, but still…you kinda want to join the insanity anyway.
      Glad to have been getting some news for next season as of late. I look forward to seeing what all they’ll come up with next for this creepy little town/motel.

  2. Bobby Land says:


  3. Kate says:

    So…all these people being added and I still only want to know more about Norman, Norma, Dylan, Emma and Romero.

  4. EVERYONE IS WAITING!!! So when is the third season going to air, please don’t keep us waiting much longer. Something else might come along, and I’ll be less interested in THE BATES’S MOTEL…

  5. Genevieve Baldwin says:

    Give us more details and starting date etc.

  6. Davis powell says:

    Good show I hope there not stupid and take this one off like longmire that was As wonderful show

  7. Gwen Bellamy says:

    I love Bates Motel. I know several people that would be awesome additions. But seriously you can’t keep being gone for so long or people will forget about the series

  8. debbie says:

    You guys are taking to long between seasons