Bates Motel haunted San Diego Comic-Con tonight as EPs Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin, along with Norman and Norma Bates, Dylan Massett, and Sheriff Romero (Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, and Nestor Carbonell) held a panel to talk about all things Season 5 (the end…) and more.
Check out the tweets and announcement video below.
Next season is officially the end of this Psycho prequel television series, and the ending will have perpetual victim Marion Crane, with Rihanna playing the role Janet Leigh is most remembered for. Other news revealed: Norma will still be a big presence, even though she is dead, Max Thieriot will direct (we knew that!), and Highmore and Carbonell will also go behind the scenes again, writing and directing respectively.
Bates Motel returns with its final season in 2017.
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Rihanna has been tapped to play the iconic role of Marion Crane, formerly played by Janet Leigh, in the fifth and final season of A&Eâ€™s hit drama series â€œBates Motel.â€ The highly anticipated casting announcement was made today during the season five panel at San Diego Comic-Con via video.
Creators and executive producers Kerry Ehrin and Carlton Cuse were on hand with cast Vera Farmiga (â€œNormaâ€), Freddie Highmore (â€œNormanâ€), Max Thieriot (â€œDylan Massettâ€) and Nestor Carbonell (â€œSheriff Alex Romeroâ€) to celebrate the casting, the series and speak to the final season.
“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,” said executive producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin.
Additional announcements included: Vera Farmiga to executive produce and return in her Emmy-nominated role as â€œNormaâ€ after her epic death in the final episodes of season four. Max Thieriot will make his directorial debut and Nestor Carbonell will direct for a third time. Finally, Freddie Highmore will write his second episode alongside executive producers Kerry Ehrin and Carlton Cuse. â€œBates Motelâ€ will begin production this fall in Vancouver and will return for an exciting final season in 2017 on A&E.
This contemporary prequel to the genre-defining film Psycho gives viewers an intimate portrayal of how Norman Batesâ€™ psyche unravels through his teenage years. â€œBates Motelâ€ gives fans access to the dark, twisted backstory of Norman Bates and how deeply intricate his relationship with his mother, Norma, truly is.