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Something amazing happened at San Diego Comic-Con this year: Rihanna was tapped to play Marion Crane in the fifth (and final) season of Bates Motel. Producers announced they had cast the pop and R&B star for the role shortly after announcing season 5 would be the last for A&E’s Psycho prequel.
In a statement, executive producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin said “We wanted to thrust the iconic role into a contemporary spotlight and redefine it in a meaningful and exciting new way. We also heard Rihanna was a fan of the show, and we were huge fans of hers, so it was the perfect collision of creativity and fate.”
Marion Crane is the woman stabbed repeatedly in the shower by Norman Bates (here, Freddie Highmore) dressed as his mother, Norma (Vera Farmiga). The legendary part was played by Janet Leigh in the 1960 film.
Showrunner Cuse told The Hollywood Reporter, “Season five is about the ways in which our show does and more specifically does not intersect with the events of Psycho. We are going to see a version of Norman that is much closer now to the one in the movie, but the way in which he acts and the events in the story will not be the same as the movie.”
Rihanna announced she was a fan of the show in a 2015 Vanity Fair cover story. It will be her heftiest acting role to date.
Check out the singer’s video announcement of the casting below.