She is starring in the iconic role made famous by Janet Leigh in the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock film Psycho.
And new promo shots for the TV series Bates Motel - loosely based on the film - shows Rihanna immersed in the role of Norman Bates's most famous victim Marion Crane.
One picture features the singer drenched in rain as she arrives to meet her fate at the motel, its sign illuminated in the background in the dark evening.
Rainy moment: Rihanna stars in the role of Marion Crane in the forthcoming Bates Motel TV series in a new promo shot
Another snapshot shows the star in a smart suit and wig while opening a suitcase of cash.
Rihanna appears in the episode entitled 'Marion' which stars Freddie Highmore as protagonist Norman Bates.
The A&E synopsis for the episode reads: 'Norman tries to piece together Mother's movements. In Seattle, Dylan and Emma confront an ugly truth; Sam's girlfriend, Marion, makes an impulsive decision with far-reaching consequences.'
It's all about the money: Rihanna is seen suited up as Marion Crane while opening a suitcase of cash
Creepy: Rihanna appears in another shot alongside Freddie Highmore as creepy Norman Bates in the A&E show
Another shot features Rihanna arriving at the Bates Motel inside her car in the pouring rain.
Sporting a blue velvet hooded cardigan and low cut black top, she shows off her flawless skin in the dim light, with glossy lipstick and dark eyeliner completing the look.
According to executive producer Kerry Ehrin, Hitchcock's plot with Crane stealing money from her boss to run away with her boyfriend Sam Loomis (now played by Austin Nichols) will be followed; however their story will be much fleshed-out during the multi-episode arc.
'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,' she told Entertainment Weekly.
'It’s tough to be in a situation where you’re in love with a guy, and for whatever reason, he keeps stalling. You still have all this hot sex with him, and he’s saying he loves you, but he’s stalling.
'The internal story of that, for a woman, is a really interesting one. We never really got to see that.
'In Psycho, you just see the outside of that more. It was trying to do a story about a contemporary woman with some edge, with some expectations, who isn’t perfect, who isn’t always perfectly sweet, who is in that situation, but we’re rooting for her to get what she wants.'
The fifth and final season of the A&E drama takes place after the death of Norman's mother Norma, after his attempts to commit murder-suicide via carbon monoxide poisoning only succeeded in killing her.
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