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A&E's version of Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 horror classic, Psycho, has really resonated with audiences. Bates Motel is about to enter its fifth and final season and although it was previously announced that the character of Marion Crane would appear, we didn't know who would possibly be cast. We now have confirmation that Grammy-winning pop singer, Rihanna, has been cast in Janet Leigh's famous role.

Image via Screen Rant
Image via Screen Rant

This news hit during the show's panel at San Diego Comic-Con International (SDCC) and Bates Motel executive producers, Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin, had this to say regarding the Rihanna's casting:

“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.”

This isn't Rihanna's first time on the job as an actress. She made her big screen debut in the 2012 action film, Battleship, and has since appeared in Annie and the 2015 animated film, Home. She's also appeared in several of her own music related videos and short films and is set to appear in the 2017 Luc Besson film, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

Was anything else announced at SDCC?

Also mentioned during the panel was confirmation that Vera Farmiga will be returning as Norma Bates, despite her character's fate in the season 4 finale, and will serve as an executive producer. Also announced was that Max Theriot will direct an episode and Norman himself, Freddie Highmore, is also co-writing an episode. And yes, in case you were wondering, Olivia Cooke is set to return as Emma, too.

Season 4 of Bates Motel ended on a rather sour note as we were brought pretty much up to speed with where the events in Psycho took place. The inevitable fate of Norma and Norman's relationship came to fruition and Norman has officially made an enemy out of Sheriff Romero. Not to mention Dylan and Emma (aka, Dylemma) are in full swing and we love every second of it.

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[Source] Screen Rant