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Rihanna to play Marion Crane in fifth and final season of Bates Motel

07.22.2016

Rihanna Bates Motel

Although it's never risen to Hannibal levels for me, I still typically count A&E's Bates Motel among the television series which have successfully and creatively adapted the movies on which they're based. The series wrapped up its fourth season earlier this year and it ended with the promise that we'd be soon be entering PSYCHO territory. During the Bates Motel panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2016, it was confirmed that the upcoming fifth season would be the last. Not a huge surprise but still nice to know that they won't be dragging the series out.

A bigger surprise came later when they announced that Rihanna would be filling the iconic role of Marion Crane in the fifth season of Bates Motel. Played by Janet Leigh in Alfred Hitchcock's PSYCHO, Marion Crane wound up crossing paths with Norman Bates when she was forced to stop for the night at a little motel on the side of a rainy highway. Bates Motel executive producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin had this to say:

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.

As I haven't seen Rihanna act in much, aside from BATTLESHIP which isn't really a good example of...anything, I can't say whether this casting will fit in with the Bates Motel universe or not, particularly as Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga give such wonderful and strong performances. We don't know exactly how they'll be adapting PSYCHO for Bates Motel's fifth and final season, but if it's anything like the film, Rihanna probably won't be sticking around for too long.

Rihanna as Marion Crane, what do you folks think?

Source: A&E

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10:31PM on 07/25/2016
What an insult! This casting only tells me that right now Hollywood has no idea what "talent" is.
What an insult! This casting only tells me that right now Hollywood has no idea what "talent" is.
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7:39PM on 07/24/2016
Can't stand Rihanna. She can't act and is horrible singer. Stop shoving this talentless wench down our throats.
Can't stand Rihanna. She can't act and is horrible singer. Stop shoving this talentless wench down our throats.
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12:54PM on 07/24/2016
What a joke. Why people are still on her dick I have zero clue.
What a joke. Why people are still on her dick I have zero clue.
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1:37AM on 07/24/2016
It sounds like she made a bet with Leo that if he can win an Oscar, she can too can win an Emmy.
They're still together, right?
It sounds like she made a bet with Leo that if he can win an Oscar, she can too can win an Emmy.
They're still together, right?
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10:54AM on 07/23/2016

Hmmm

I think Bates Motel is by far the best movie to series adaptation I've ever seen, and the acting is top notch by everybody. This and Game of Thrones are the only tv I watch these days (since Breaking Bad ended). I think they should have gone with an actual actress with a good track record and I could easily see a fairly major star willing to do a cameo. That said, her part is probably going to be pretty small, and they've not failed me so far (each season has been better than the last), so
I think Bates Motel is by far the best movie to series adaptation I've ever seen, and the acting is top notch by everybody. This and Game of Thrones are the only tv I watch these days (since Breaking Bad ended). I think they should have gone with an actual actress with a good track record and I could easily see a fairly major star willing to do a cameo. That said, her part is probably going to be pretty small, and they've not failed me so far (each season has been better than the last), so I'm going to be hopeful.
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8:17AM on 07/23/2016

Blah

I've been a fan of this show since the very beginning but there are PLENTY of actresses who look Janet Leigh who could've captured and redefined the role. The casting of Rhianna is terrible and makes no sense other than 'changing for the sake of changing.'
I've been a fan of this show since the very beginning but there are PLENTY of actresses who look Janet Leigh who could've captured and redefined the role. The casting of Rhianna is terrible and makes no sense other than 'changing for the sake of changing.'
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12:15AM on 07/23/2016

w....t....f....

Oh yeah, this definitely makes me want to watch this show now. I will never take this show seriously now.
Oh yeah, this definitely makes me want to watch this show now. I will never take this show seriously now.
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11:34PM on 07/22/2016
I'm a huge fan of the show and have been addicted since episode one and after reading this, I'm so disappointed they got Rhianna of all freakin' people to play such an iconic character for the last season of the series.
I'm a huge fan of the show and have been addicted since episode one and after reading this, I'm so disappointed they got Rhianna of all freakin' people to play such an iconic character for the last season of the series.
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10:10AM on 07/23/2016
Indeed!
They should have gone the same way as The Hitch did when he made Psycho: Take one of the biggest Star around and kill her off within the first half hour of the movie...
A few years ago I would have said Julia Roberts. Today ? If you want to have a younger actress, I guess Jennifer Lawrence. Otherwise Charlize Theron !
Indeed!
They should have gone the same way as The Hitch did when he made Psycho: Take one of the biggest Star around and kill her off within the first half hour of the movie...
A few years ago I would have said Julia Roberts. Today ? If you want to have a younger actress, I guess Jennifer Lawrence. Otherwise Charlize Theron !
10:58AM on 07/23/2016
Hopefully she's not going to be around the entire season. I'm assuming the last episode or last couple episodes? I always figured the show would end with that event. (that said, I'm behind on Season 4 and catching up so I don't know where they stand at the end of it and where 5 will start).

What I really hope is she turns out to do a great job everybody is happy with.
Hopefully she's not going to be around the entire season. I'm assuming the last episode or last couple episodes? I always figured the show would end with that event. (that said, I'm behind on Season 4 and catching up so I don't know where they stand at the end of it and where 5 will start).

What I really hope is she turns out to do a great job everybody is happy with.
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