Rihanna & Lupita Nyong’o To Star In Netflix Movie Conceived On Twitter
While Twitter isn’t often the most productive site on the Internet, it recently has generated an idea potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars. After a picture of Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o sitting together during a Miu Miu fashion show in 2014 went viral, one user suggested a plot for a film staring the two women. Three years later, the stars have agreed to make the idea a reality, a few more stars have hopped on board, and Netflix has purchased the rights to make the film.
It all began when a user by the name of ‘Whoopherasskourtni’ tweeted, “Rihanna looks like she scams rich white men and lupita is the computer smart best friend that helps plan the scans (sic),” in reference to the picture below. Soon, Nyong’o picked up on it and tweeted to Rihanna, “I’m down if you are @rihanna,” to which the singer replied, “I’m in, Pit’z.”
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
— WHOOPHERASSKOURTNI (@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
After multiple production companies battled over the film at the Cannes Film Festival, Netflix secured the deal. Ava DuVernay (Selma, 13th) has agreed to come on board to direct the female buddy comedy and Issa Rae (Insecure) has agreed to write it.
While little else is known about the project, it is expected to begin production in 2018, according to EW. Neither Rihanna, Nyong’o, DuVernay, Rae, nor Netflix has officially commented on the project but DuVernay tweeted in response to an article saying the movie was a reality. “We deserve nice things,” DuVernay’s tweet read.
We deserve nice things. ️https://t.co/VlbKhLNDIv
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) May 22, 2017
DuVernay recently wrapped on her latest project A Wrinkle In Time, due out in March of 2018.