Bates Motel Casts Rihanna as Marion Crane for Fifth and Final Season

It’s curtains for Rihanna — shower curtains, to be exact.

The pop star/actress has been tapped to appear in the fifth and final season of Bates Motel as Marion Crane, the ill-fated character that Janet Leigh played in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, it was announced at Friday’s Comic-Con panel for the A&E drama.

Rihanna had previously expressed she was a fan of the series, prompting producers to reach out to her about the gig.

As TVLine reported back in May, executive producer Carlton Cuse plans to make this final season of the series “our version of the Psycho lore.” As such, Marion’s introduction will be “a big moment.”

However, Cuse hastened to add that viewers shouldn’t expect a blow-by-blow recreation of the 1960 movie. “We will be colliding with certain events in the narrative of the film,” he said, “but it would be boring to just recreate Psycho.”

Cuse tweeted a quick tease of the “Bitch Better Have My Money” vocalist announcing her new role.

In other news from the panel:

* Cast members Nestor Carbonell, Freddie Highmore and Max Thieriot will all direct episodes during the farewell season.

* Season 5 will indeed serve as the acclaimed series’ swan song, which has long been the vision for Cuse and co-creator/showrunner Kerry Ehrin, A&E reiterated.

What do you think of Rihanna’s casting? Would you have preferred one of the actresses that we suggested (see photo gallery below)? Hit the comments.

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