Beaming to Netflix.
+1 for the Internet.
See that photo up top of Rihanna sitting next to Lupita Nyong’o front row of a Miu Miu fashion show in 2014? It’s the ember that sparked an Internet meme which has evolved into a bonafide movie concept that was lifted from the caption of the pic: “They look like they’re in a heist movie with Rihanna as the tough-as-nails leader/master thief and Lupita as the genius computer hacker.”
Twitter took it a step further by requesting Ava DuVernay (Selma) to direct and Issa Rae (Insecure) write the screenplay.
They’re in as well. All four women caught wind of the buzz, and in April confirmed their participation with a film project.
— Lupita Nyong'o (@Lupita_Nyongo) April 21, 2017
I'm in Pit'z https://t.co/Kz0o3lBEmL
— Rihanna (@rihanna) April 23, 2017
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) April 24, 2017
— Issa Rae (@IssaRae) April 23, 2017
EW reports Netflix secured the upcoming movie following a heated bidding war at the Cannes Film Festival this week.
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.”
Sources claim Rae has already begun working on the script and production should start in 2018.
Rihanna recently starred in the final season of Bates Motel, and was recently cast in original musical drama, “Anette.”