Bates Motel: First Look At Rihanna's Marion Crane In Season 5

In the world of TV and film it seems that nostalgia is ruling the day. With reboots and long awaited sequels being produced constantly, it seems like you can't turn a corner without bumping into an old franchise. And then there's A&E's psychological drama Bates Motel, which was definitely ahead of the game when it came to turning classic movies into a new TV series. With Season 5 set to begin airing this month, the modern prequel series will soon directly interact with the events of 1960's Psycho, including the arrival of an unknowing Marion Crane to the motel. And playing Crane in the series is none other than pop singer and actress Rihanna.

A new trailer for Bates Motel's fifth season just hit the web, including the first footage of Rihanna's Marion Crane. Check out the pop singer as the horror icon below.

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Princess Ri Ri is up in the Bates Motel, and she's ready to step into the legendary shoes of Janet Leigh.

Just like Alfred Hitchcock's original film, Marion Crane will arrive at the Bates Motel while attempting to run away from her problems. A bad patch of rain gets in her way, leading Marion to pull over for shelter at the motel. It is this unfortunate event that sets the main plot of the film in motion, although the perspective should be rather different in the TV series.

While Rihanna's Marion Crane is sure to make a splash in Season 5 of Bates Motel, it should be interesting to see how much of Marion's viewpoint is actually present throughout the episodes. While Psycho functioned as a mystery, with audiences originally believing Marion Crane to be the protagonist, Bates Motel does the opposite. We are privy to the twisted world of Norman and Norma's lives, as well as Norma's ultimate fate. Will Rihanna's Marion Crane be a tertiary character, or will the audience actually follow her perspective through her inevitable death? We'll just have to wait and see.

You can check out the full trailer for Bates Motel Season 5 below.

Bates Motel is just the latest in a line of acting projects that Rihanna has lined up recently. After making waves for her role in the critically panned Battleship, the singer received positive attention for the supporting role in Seth Rogen's comedy This Is The End. Looking to the future, Rihanna has a part in the highly anticipated Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Additionally, she's in the fantastic ensemble cast of the all-female Ocean's Eight, which just released its first image from the film.

Bates Motel returns to A&E on February 20th.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.