TOM Gist: Rihanna to Star in A&E’s ‘Bates Motel’


RiRi is checking into “Bates Motel.”

After singing “Sledgehammer” for Star Trek Beyond , Rihanna will show off her acting chops by starring in A&E’s hit show “Bates Motel.”

Joining the series’ fifth and final season, Bad Gal is set to take on
the role of Marion Crane, a famous character played by Janet Leigh in 1960’s Psycho.

Rihanna announced the news with a surprise video at Comic-Con. “It’s your girl RiRi,” she said in the clip. “Let me tell you what a bad B!tch is about to do. I am about to check into the ‘Bates Motel’ very soon. Guess what else? Guess who’s playing Marion?”

Executive producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin were thrilled to announce the news too.

“We wanted to thrust the iconic role into a contemporary spotlight and redefine it in a meaningful and exciting new way,” the execs said in a statement (via USA Today ). “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.”

“Bates Motel” will start production in Vancouver in the fall and
it’s scheduled to air in 2017.

Rihanna’s acting doesn’t stop there.
She’s also set to appear in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets alongside stars like Cara Delevingne, Ethan Hawke, and Dane DeHaan. While at Comic-Con too, DeHaan spoke about his work with RiRi.

“Rihanna’s part is so crazy, it’s so awesome,” he said. “I worked with her the first two weeks of the shoot and whenever I told anybody what I was going to be doing, their jaws were on the floor and they were so jealous. And that’s all I can say.”

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