Rihanna and Lupita to star in a movie inspired by a meme
Writer: Erny Suzira
Rihanna and Lupita will reportedly star in an untitled heist movie inspired from a viral meme.
24 May – From a Tumblr post, to a Tweet, and then to Netflix – for a movie starring Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o which is actually happening thanks to a fan-made meme of the stars that went viral.
Here's how it initially went down. In 2014, a Tumblr post featuring a photo of Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o taken at a Miu Miu show in 2014 during Paris Fashion Week had gone viral, as the caption suggested that the two stars look like they're in a heist movie in which they scam the rich out of their money.
Two years later, a Twitter user shared the same photo with the same idea, and this time, Lupita actually responded.
And she managed to get Rihanna on board too.
Excited by this turn of events, Twitter users started to pull in director Ava DuVernay ("Selma") and writer Issa Rae ("Insecure") to direct and write the possible movie, and both of them turned out to be interested too.
At first, it seems like a mere dream project where everyone is having fun discussing the possibility of it actually coming true, but it is no longer a dream now as Netflix has secured a deal for the concept at the Cannes Film Festival after a "dramatic negotiation session," according to Entertainment Weekly.
"Netflix has bought the film project that will pair Rihanna with Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o in a buddy movie concept. The project began as a Twitter meme after a photo was taken of both women at a Miu Miu fashion show in 2014. Ava DuVernay is slated to direct, and "Insecure's" Issa Rae is in line to write the screenplay," DuVernay tweeted her moments.
Rae's representatives has confirmed that the project is in the works and the original Twitter users who imagined the concept for this film will be credited and included in some form.
Netflix is reportedly eyeing the film for a 2018 release after DuVernay has finished her adaptation of the fantasy novel, "A Wrinkle in Time"
Cinema Online, 24 May 2017