It seems that the R&B singer is off to conquer the TV series industry. Rihanna is making her debut on the small screen as Marion Crane in the fifth and final season of “Bates Motel.” The character was introduced in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 horror flick “Psycho,” and Janet Leigh portrayed the role.
In the psychological horror series, Marion was running away after stealing a briefcase of money from her boss. She unnoticeably drove away from the main road and arrived at the Bates Motel, owned by Norman (Freddie Highmore) and his mother, Norma (Vera Farmiga).
Norman, who has a mental illness, invited Marion for a dinner. When the young woman went back to her room and took a bath, a stranger dressed like Norma stabbed Marion to her death. It turned out that Norman has a “Mother” personality, and he was the one who executed the murder.
“We always talked about having Marion Crane enter the world of our show during the final season,” showrunner Carlton Cuse told The Hollywood Reporter during his interview alongside co-showrunner, Kerry Ehrin.
“It was more about trying to find a way to bring ‘Psycho’ into ‘Bates Motel’ in a way that was really meaningful to ‘Bates Motel’ but also allowed us to drop in and visit ‘Psycho,'” Ehrin added.
During her talk with Vanity Fair, the “Work” singer revealed that she has been a fan of the drama series. Her background of the show’s storyline had made it easier for the two showrunners to cast the Barbadian songwriter.
“We pitched what our idea was and she was very responsive,” Cuse explained.
The showrunners made sure that Rihanna is well taken care of in the show, so they hired Philip Abraham to direct the two-part episode, “Dreams Die First” and “Marion.” Nestor Carbonell will continue his role as Alex Romero to work alongside Rihanna.
“Just in terms of telling Norma and Norman’s story and bringing Marion Crane into that loop and having it all kind of lead to a meaningful conclusion,” Ehrin added.
The two-part episode of “Bates Motel” is scheduled to air on March 20 and March 27 on A&E.