Norman Bates completes his transformation when A&E’s “Bates Motel” returns on February 20th, Bloody Disgusting can confirm. The forthcoming fifth season will end the series.
News came out of this past July’s San Diego Comic-Con panel that R&B artist Rihanna will play the role of Marion Crane, the iconic guest that appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho and didn’t exactly meet a happy ending. Crane was originally played by Janet Leigh, the mother of Jamie Lee Curtis.
Executive producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin then stated: “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.”
Cuse had talked with EW and assured them that even though people have seen Psycho, they won’t be able to anticipate what’s coming for their take on Crane. “We are going to meet Marion Crane, but what we don’t want to do is create the impression that we’re redoing the movie because we’re not at all. She’s a very different person in the movie and her story plays out in a different way,” he explained.
Freddie Highmore is returning as Norman, obviously, with Vera Farmiga as his mother, Norma.
Highmore, Nestor Carbonell, and Max Theriot each direct at least one episode in the upcoming season.