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Rihanna Checks in to the "Bates Motel" Tonight

21 March 2017

In tonight's episode of Bates Motel, megastar Rihanna is updating the iconic role for the 21st century.

Actor Freddie Highmore, who plays Norman Bates in "Bates Motel", spoke with USA Today regarding Rihanna's performance on the show.

Almost seventy years later, true horror fans will still get chills when seeing Janet Leigh scream with terror in Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 film, Psycho. The executive producers of the show describe the new Marion Crane as "edgier and sassier and less of an emotional victim". Cuse said Rihanna will be playing an entirely different character than herself or her persona. "I'm excited to have people see what a good actress she is".

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"It was more about trying to find a way to bring "Psycho" into "Bates Motel" in a way that was really meaningful to "Bates Motel" but also allowed us to drop in and visit 'Psycho, '" Ehrin added.

"We traverse back and forth through some of the mythology, so people who know the movie will be entertained."

Will she meet the exact same fate as Janet Leigh's Marion Crane or will Bates Motel will put a spin on the horrifying tale? The famed shower scene, in which a disguised Norman stabs Marion to death, is a film classic.

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The producers praise the singer's work ethic on set, given the tight schedule of shooting 35 pages in a limited time frame. At Comic-Con San Diego past year, Bates Motel Executive Producer Kerry Ehrin gave us a sneak peak regarding Rihanna's entrance into the series. After the producers read that she is a Bates fan in a Vanity Fair story, Cuse made a decision to ask if she would be interested in the role.

Ehrin's fellow executive producer, Carlton Cuse, revealed to Variety that they "spent a long, long time" making sure that Rihanna's Marion Crane will be different from Leigh's version of the character.

In the end, the Umbrella hitmaker accepted the role. He reached out to her - and she agreed to suspend her world tour for a week to film the two-episode arc.

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Rihanna, who has been vocal in the past about being a fan of the show will make her debut this evening in the two-part episode, "Dreams Die First".

Rihanna Checks in to the