Rihanna Cast In Iconic ‘Psycho’ Role For ‘Bates Motel’ TV Series

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According to The Huffington Post, Rihanna is set to star as the ill-fated shower taker in the fifth and final season of A&E’s “Bates Motel,” securing her most high-profile foray into acting to date.  The pop star’s casting was unveiled on Friday at San Diego Comic-Con during a panel with the cast and crew of the always inventive “Psycho” prequel series

The show’s official Twitter account later released a video of the singer gleefully addressing Comic Con “to tell you what a bad bitch is about to do.”  “I am about to check into the ‘Bates Motel’ very soon,” she said. “Guess what else? Guess who’s playing Marion?” Watch below.

The “Work” singer is apparently a major fan of the series, which traces the original story of the murderous motel owner, Norman Bates, (Freddie Highmore) and his mother (Vera Farmiga) before the events of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1960s thriller.

“I read this article in which she said she was a fan of ‘Bates Motel,’” executive producer Carlton Cuse explained at the convention. “We asked and she said yes. It was awesome. We’re really excited about it. It really feels very much like the version of the character that is different from the movie.”

In Hitchcock’s film, Bates fatally stabs Marion, originally played by actress Janet Leigh, while she takes a shower in what now stands as perhaps the most famous sequence in cinematic history. In May, it was announced that “Bates Motel” would venture down the drain and introduce Crane for its final season to recur for multiple episodes.