What started on Twitter is now about to become a reality. Some time ago a picture began floating around of Lupita Nyong’o and Rihanna at a fashion show causing people to talk. The picture stirred up such a conversation that it then became a vehicle for a would-be movie. Soon after Lupita and Rihanna got a hold of it and shared that they both would like to be in the film together. Then after that in comes Issa Rae, Ava DuVernay, and Netflix to really bring it to life. Today it was confirmed that a film starring Lupita and Rihanna is in the works with Issa Rae set to write.
After dramatic negotiation session at the Cannes Film Festival, Netflix has nabbed a film project pairing Grammy winner Rihanna with Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, in a concept that began as a Twitter sensation. Ava DuVernay (Selma) will direct, and Issa Rae (Insecure) is writing the screenplay. According to sources, Netflix landed the project in a very aggressive bid, beating out multiple other suitors. Netflix had no comment…..Since then, the buzz has only intensified, with some creating concept art of the “scammer story” they envisioned with Rihanna playing a woman who cons white men, while her brilliant co-conspirator (played by Nyong’o) orchestrates the heists. It’s unclear how faithful Rae will remain to the crowd-sourced concept. (Since this piece was published, reps for Rae told Vanity Fair “the original Twitter users who imagined the concept for this film will be credited and included in some form.”)