"Bates Motel" Season 5, but fans will find a new version of the famous "Psycho" character in the A&E drama's final season.
"Bates Motel" launches Season 5 on February 20, catching the story up to Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1960 horror film. Rihanna was cast as Marion Crane, the shower victim originally played by Janet Leigh, and Entertainment Weekly just shared the first two photos of Rihanna's Marion with Freddie Highmore's Norman Bates, plus a promo for the new season:
Executive producer Kerry Ehrin told EW that TV viewers will see a more fleshed-out version of Marion Crane than in Hitchcock's film. "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," Ehrin said. Season 5 picks up about 18 months after the death of Norman's mother, Norma Bates (Vera Fermiga), and since a boy's best friend is his mother, we know this is going to put Norman in an especially delicate mental state.
The final season premieres Feb. 20 at 10 p.m. on A&E.
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Phoenix secretary Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), on the lam after stealing $40,000 from her employer in order to run away with her boyfriend, Sam Loomis (John Gavin), is overcome by exhaustion during a heavy rainstorm. Traveling on the back roads to avoid the police, she stops for the night at the ramshackle Bates Motel and meets the polite but highly strung proprietor Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), a young man with an interest in taxidermy and a difficult relationship with his mother. Read More