Rihanna Joins ‘Bates Motel’ in Iconic Janet Leigh Role

Comic-Con: A&E announces the superstar will make her TV debut

Last Updated: July 22, 2016 @ 5:52 PM

Rihanna is set to make her scripted television debut on the fifth and final season of A&E’s “Bates Motel.”

The superstar is set to play Marion Crane, the role made famous by Janet Leigh in Alfred Hitchcock‘s “Psycho.”

Show creators and executive producers Kerry Ehrin and Carlton Cuse introduced a clip of Rihanna at San Diego Comic-Con breaking the news herself.

The convention floor let out a collective gasp when she appeared, stepping out of the shower — the same location where Leigh met her demise in the 1960 film that follows the events unfolding in “Bates Motel.”

“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,” Cuse and Ehrin said in a statement.

The show was lead by Vera Farmiga but, thanks to the cult Hitchcock movie, we all know the fate of Norman Bates’ mother. The actress will return in an EP role for the final season. Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot (and Nestor Carbonell will also return.

Rihanna appeared in the 2012 feature film “Battleship,” and made a came in Seth Rogen and James Franco‘s 2013 apocalypse comedy “This is The End.”

“Bates Motel” will air in 2017.