Bates Motel Ends with Season 5; Rihanna to Play Janet Leigh Role
All good things must come to an end. And that includes Norman Bate's run as lead psycho at Bates Motel.The hit A&E thriller is coming to an end after 5 seasons, it was announced today. And it sounds like it will wrap up on a note that Alfred Hitchcock would be proud of. Yes, we are going to get to see star Freddie Highmore go full-on Anthony Perkins.
Bates Motel producers announced that the show is about to reach its inevitable conclusion earlier today at the Comic-Con panel in San Diego. What was once a prequel to the original 1960 horror classic Psycho will now recreate that iconic thriller over the span of its final episode run. A&E released this short, but sweet, official statement on Twitter.
"It's official, the #BatesMotel will close after Season 5 #SDCC"
Bates Motel Season 5 will continue the story of Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga) and her bat shit crazy son, Norman (Freddie Highmore). Max Thieriot, Olivia Cooke and Nestor Carbonell co-star in the show, which has garnered plenty of Emmy and Critics Choice Awards attention over the past four years. Kerry Ehrin and Carlton Cuse executive produce the series for Universal Television.
The biggest Bates Motel announcement came with the reveal of who will be playing the iconic character of Marion Crane in the 5th and final season. And it will be none other than Rihanna who takes on the role that Janet Leigh first played in Hitchcock's 1960 original. The ill-fated Marion meets her demise in the shower, one of the all-time great scenes in horror history. And it sounds like the show will finally reach this moment it has been building towards. Executive producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin had this to say in making the big announcement.
"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."
It was also revealed at Comic-Con that Vera Farmiga will executive produce Season 5 while returning as Norma Bates. Max Thieriot is making his debut as a director on an episode during the season. And Nestor Carbonell will direct his third episode. Star Freddie Highmore is helping to write one of the episodes alongside Kerry Ehrin and Carlton Cuse.