Thursday 8 December 2016

Rihanna lands starring role in final season of Bates Motel

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Published 23/07/2016 | 15:06

Singer Rihanna at Rihanna's 8th album artwork reveal for
Singer Rihanna at Rihanna's 8th album artwork reveal for "ANTI" at MAMA Gallery
Rihanna is joining the cast of the TV show Bates Motel, she announced in a video posted on Twitter (AP)
Singer Rihanna attends the Black Girls Rock! 2016 Show at New Jersey Performing Arts Center on April 1, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Brian Killian/Getty Images)
Rihanna in Battleship
Janet Leigh as Marion Crane in Psycho (1960)

Rihanna is set to star in the final season of Bates Motel.

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The 28-year-old singer will play Marion Crane, the role Janet Leigh made famous in Psycho, it was announced on Friday at Comic-Con in San Diego, California.

Rihanna sent a special video message to the show's panel event, where she revealed her exciting new role in the fifth and final season of the drama series.

"Hello Comic-Con! It's bad girl Rih Rih and let me tell you what the bad b**ch is about to do," she exclaimed. "I'm about to check into the Bates Motel very soon. Guess what else? Guess who's playing Marion?"

Singer Rihanna attends the Black Girls Rock! 2016 Show at New Jersey Performing Arts Center on April 1, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Brian Killian/Getty Images)
Singer Rihanna attends the Black Girls Rock! 2016 Show at New Jersey Performing Arts Center on April 1, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Brian Killian/Getty Images)

Executive producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin said after the Comic-Con 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."

The Diamonds hitmaker, who made her acting debut in 2012's Battleship, is also set to star in sci-fi movie Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, which is slated for release in July next year.

The Hollywood Reporter claims Grammy Award-winner Rihanna was offered the iconic Bates Motel role after sharing she was a fan of the show in a Vanity Fair interview.

Season four of the Psycho prequel series ended with Vera Farmiga's Norma Bates being killed off after son Norman, played by Brit actor Freddie Highmore, filled their house with carbon monoxide.

Janet Leigh as Marion Crane in Psycho (1960)
Janet Leigh as Marion Crane in Psycho (1960)

Vera is set to return for the final season of the show serving as an executive producer, while Freddie is due to pen his second episode of the series, alongside Cuse and Ehrin.

The final season of Bates Motel will go into production later this year and return in 2017.

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