The A&E drama, Bates Motel, has recruited the eight-time Grammy Award-winning singer Rihanna, for the role of Marion Crane. The character was made famous by Janet Leigh in Alfred Hitchcock‘s 1960 thriller Psycho. In the original thriller, Marion stole her boss’ money from her divorcé boyfriend and landed at Bates Motel while on the lam but was killed in the movie’s first act.
The viewers will meet a very different and developed version of Marion when she arrives on Norman Bates’ doorstep.
“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,” executive producer Kerry Ehrin tells 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 creates 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.”
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Bates Motel returns Monday, Feb. 20 at 10PM EST on A&E.