A&E’s “Bates Motel” returns for its fifth and final season on February 20th.
The biggest selling point is 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. Now, she’s being teased in the following promo and… damn, does she look good!
“We wanted to thrust the iconic role into a contemporary spotlight and redefine it in a meaningful and exciting new way,” Executive producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin stated at last year’s Comic-Con. “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 also 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.
This contemporary prequel to the genre-defining film Psycho has provided fans with an intimate look into the unraveling of Norman Bates’ (Freddie Highmore) psyche throughout his teenage years. Fans watched as Norman’s dangerous transformation came full circle when he methodically murdered his beloved mother, Norma (Vera Farmiga), in the final gut-wrenching episodes of Season Four.
Highmore, Nestor Carbonell, and Max Theriot each direct at least one episode in the upcoming season.