Amazon Studios has bought the U.S. and Canadian distribution rights to music drama Annette, from cult French director Leos Carax (Holy Motors) and Rihanna will star in the film! She was initially rumored, but it has been confirmed via Variety. Adam Driver (Girls, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) will also star. Rooney Mara was set to portray the female lead, but had to leave the project due to scheduling conflicts so producers are searching for another.
Carax’s English-language debut, Annette will start shooting this spring. The script was written by by Sparks, the art-rock band founded in 1971 by Ron and Russell Mael, and the film will feature Sparks’ original songs. The film will follow a stand-up comedian whose opera singer wife is deceased and finds himself alone with his 2 year old daughter who has a surprising gift.
Amazon Studios is on a winning streak with acquired content, having won three Oscars for Manchester by the Sea and The Salesman. Upcoming for Amazon is The Big Sick, The Only Living Boy in New York, Long Strange Trip, and Wonderstruck.
Rihanna, of course, is best-known for her widely successful music career (including being featured on several movie soundtracks such Star Trek Beyond, The Hangover, and Wreck-It Ralph), but has ventured into acting, making her debut via a cameo in 2006’s Bring It On: All or Nothing. The Barbadian songstress’ first theatrical film feature was in Battleship in 2012. One huge highlight of her career was his voice-work in the Dreamworks hit Home, where she voiced Gratuity “Tip” Tucci, a significant character for little Black girls everywhere.
Post-2015 has been an acceleration of acting projects for Rihanna in both film and television, with upcoming projects such as the Luc Besson comic book film adaptation Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, the all-women Ocean’s Eleven franchise spin-off Ocean’s Eight, and is set to play the role of Marion Crane in the final season of Bates Motel.
This is sure to be an exciting and creative project for Rihanna and we look forward to her feature!