That Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o Film Is Actually Happening

That Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o Film Is Actually Happening

Behold the power of Twitter.

Behold the power of Twitter.

Text: Ian David Monroe

It started with a tweet and now it’ll be on Netflix: a buddy crime comedy starring Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o written by Issa Rae and directed by Ava DuVernay.

A few months back someone tweeted a photo of Rihanna and Nyong’o sitting front row at a Miu Miu fashion show with the caption “Rihanna looks like she scams rich white men and lupita is the computer smart best friend that helps plan the scans.” That tweet caught the attention of Nyong’o who said she’d be in to make the film if Rihanna was, then Rae and DuVernay followed suit.

The concept was pitched at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and Netflix gave the winning bid. The expected release date is as early as 2018.

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