Rihanna has booked herself some work work work on the fifth season of Bates Motel in the role made famous by Janet Leigh in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic, Psycho. Speaking at Comic-Con in San Diego, series producers executive producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin made the surprising announcement. 

“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.”

As a recording artist, Rihanna’s talent is unquestionable, but her acting credits consist of a small role in Annie, a cameo as herself in This is the End, voiceover duties on Dreamworks animated hit Home and a near-silent role in box office flop Battleship. Rihanna might not have been the obvious choice to take on such an iconic role, but after four riveting seasons, I have complete trust in show runners Cuse and Ehrin. Following the events of the season four finale, it became clear that Bates Motel had its endgame in sight, and the next batch of episodes would likely bring the series to a close. Sadly, that speculation has now been confirmed by the showrunners and season five will see Bates Motel indefinitely closed for business. 

Carlton Cuse reassured Hitchcock fans that the final season won't be a direct retelling of Psycho and will be taking some unexpected turns. 

"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. They will cross paths with some of the events in the movie and lead to an ultimate resolution. What that resolution is and how that plays out is something that will be not disconnected to the movie Psycho but will be very much our own story in the same way the entire series has been."

Like all fans of Hitchcock’s masterpiece I was highly skeptical about a prequel to Psycho, Gus Van Sant’s shot for shot remake had already shown us the dangers of messing with Hitch’s work. Thanks to towering performances from Vera Farmiga as the overbearing Norma Bates and Freddie Highmore’s richly complex interpretation of Norman, I was sold after the first episode. 

Bates Motel returns for its final season later this year.

TAGS: rihanna, bates motel, Vera Farmiga, freddie highmore, psycho, Alfred Hitchcock

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