Will singing superstar Rihanna survive her stay at Bates Motel?

Rihanna in Bates Motel

Singing superstar Rihanna is on the run with a suitcase full of money and ready to check into Bates Motel, when the spooky drama returns for its fifth and final season.

The wait is almost over for UK fans as it's nearly time to check back into Bates Motel. The fifth and final season of the spooky drama series, based on Alfred Hitchcock's classic suspense thriller Psycho, begins on Universal Channel next month.

As you may already have heard, a very Special Guest Star will be checking into White Pine Bay's finest roadside motel this time around. Yes, singing superstar Rihanna has been cast as Marion Crane, the same character who was played by Janet Leigh in Psycho and was infamously stabbed to death in the shower! So the big question is will Rihanna survive her stay at Bates Motel? Check out a sneak preview below as Marion meets creepy Motel manager, Norman Bates.


The producers of Bates Motel approached Rihanna about the role after reading an interview in which she declared she was a super-fan of the series! And this isn't Rihanna's first acting gig either. She has also recently been busy filming Ocean's Eight, the all-female spin-off from the Ocean's Eleven franchise, also starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway. The film is due for release next summer.

Don't miss the return of Bates Motel from 11th April on Universal Channel at 9:00pm

Simon Timblick

Simon has long been a fan of soap operas, and especially loves OVER-THE-TOP plots involving evil twins, hair-pulling catfights and natural disasters. Anyone remember the Sunset Beach earthquake/tidal wave? Or when Krystle Carrington got locked in the attic and replaced by look-a-like Rita in Dynasty?!

Simon has written for a variety of TV and childrens’ magazines/websites including Inside Soap, Nickelodeon, What’s On TV, Radio Times, Metro, Girl Talk, Disney Girl, Toxic! and Digital Spy. He has reported LIVE from the red carpet at The British Soap Awards interviewing glammed-up stars from soapland, and hosted a Facebook LIVE session for Metro with Home and Away legend Ray Meagher (Alf "Stone the flamin' crows!" Stewart) to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Aussie soap.

Simon is also co-author of The Treasures Of Coronation Street (Carlton Books)

And the writer and director of (very!) low budget fright flick, Midsummer Night's EVIL and the sequel webisodes series, The Hatchet Woods HORROR.