Rihanna’s acting takeover continues.
After getting a first look of her Ocean’s Eight character Nine Ball yesterday (Jan. 30), Rihanna reveals her “Bates Motel” character Marion Crane.
The superstar songstress appears in a spooky new trailer for the A&E drama’s final season. “Can I get a room,” says a rain-drenched RiRi in the clip. Later, it seems the main character Norman Bates is spying on her in the shower.
RiRi’s version of Crane will be different than the one made famous by actress Janet Leigh in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film Psycho, which “Bates Motel” is based on. In the film, Crane stole her boss’ money and arrived at Bates Motel while evading law enforcement. She was killed in the film’s first act, but this version of Crane will be more detailed, according to executive producer Kerry Erin.
“We’re taking threads of that story and definitely using them so it’s recognizable, it’s just where we go with it is very different,” Ehrin told EW. “It’s tough to be in a situation where you’re in love with a guy, and for whatever reason, he keeps stalling. You still have all this hot sex with him, and he’s saying he loves you, but he’s stalling. The internal story of that, for a woman, is a really interesting one. We never really got to see that. In Psycho, you just see the outside of that more. It was trying to do a story about a contemporary woman with some edge, with some expectations, who isn’t perfect, who isn’t always perfectly sweet, who is in that situation, but we’re rooting for her to get what she wants.”
The report notes that Rihanna will appear in multiple episodes, though it’s unclear how many. She will also be someone Bates takes a creepy liking to, something that is also alluded to in the trailer.
“Norman is in an incredibly intense and interesting place that we’ve built him to when that sequence of episodes starts,” Ehrin added. “It’s this collision of Bates Motel storytelling and then Marion Crane showing up into that. He’s in a very fragile and lonely place, and Marion Crane is a charismatic woman, she’s super present when she’s with him and she’s very attractive — all those things are exactly what he needs right at this moment.”
“Bates Motel” returns for its final season on Monday, Feb. 20, at 10 p.m. ET on A&E.