Newswire: Here’s how Rihanna ended up booking a guest room on Bates Motel

Starting tonight, the A&E series Bates Motel will have one of the most recognizable names in pop music checking in to its murderous narrative. Guest star Rihanna is appearing for a two-episode arc, and it’s one that, for the first time, directly connects the series with its cinematic forerunner: She’s playing Marion Crane, a.k.a. the character portrayed by Janet Leigh in the original film by Alfred Hitchcock, and one who ends the first act of the movie by suffering arguably the most famous fate in film history. You’ll have to watch to see how the show handles its version of the Bates/Crane meetup, but the whole thing only happened because executive producer Carlton Cuse happened to be reading Vanity Fair one day. As he told The A.V. Club recently, the problem of how they could possibly do a new spin on that iconic …

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