CANNES, France, Thursday May 25, 2017 – What started out as a fantasy on Twitter has become reality with the news that Barbadian superstar Rihanna and Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o will co-star in a movie directed by Ava DuVernay for Netflix.
According to sources at Entertainment Weekly, the multiple Grammy award-winning singer and the 34-year-old Oscar winner of ‘12 Years A Slave’ fame, will team up for the highly-anticipated project.
Netflix reportedly beat out several other networks to secure the rights to the movie after aggressive negotiations at the Cannes Film Festival in France.
Director of ‘Selma’, Ava DuVernay, will helm the production, and Issa Rae, executive producer of Insecure, will write the screenplay.
The project started after a meme of Rihanna and Lupita went viral.
It was a photograph of the pair sitting together on the front row at the Miu Miu fashion show during Paris Fashion Week 2014.
The picture was shared by thousands of fans. One thing led to another and Rihanna and Lupita exchanged tweets saying they’d be on board if the project was picked up.
Rihanna looks like she scams rich white men and lupita is the computer smart best friend that helps plan the scans https://t.co/PhWs1xd3nj
— k (@1800SADGAL) April 18, 2017
— Lupita Nyong’o (@Lupita_Nyongo) April 21, 2017
I’m in Pit’z https://t.co/Kz0o3lBEmL
— Rihanna (@rihanna) April 23, 2017
Rae and DuVernay then responded to further tweets and were welcomed aboard, although no official plot or character details have been revealed so far.