It’s official! Twitter users are about to see their wildest dream come true! Netflix reportedly beat out several other bidders at the Cannes Film Festival to snag a deal to create a movie starring Nyong’o and Rihanna, and directed by Ava DuVernay (13th, Selma). HBO’s Insecure creator and star Issa Rae will write the screenplay, Vanity Fair confirmed.
The idea for the movie got its start on Tumblr two years ago, when someone posted a photo of Rihanna and Nyong’o at a Miu Miu fashion show in 2014. Last month, this photo resurfaced and went viral. It was mentioned that “Rihanna looks like she scams rich white men and lupita is the computer smart best friend that helps plan the scams.” Nyong’o responded to the tweet and included Rihanna in the conversation stating, “I’m down if you are.” Rihanna, Nyong’o’s potential co-star according to Twitter, responded “I’m in Pit’z.”
In the usual Twitter fashion, the tweets continued, and eventually the plot thickened calling out Issa Rae, creator and star of HBO’s Insecure, to write the script. She was instantly on board with the idea. Users then decided that 13th and Selma director Ava DuVernay should on be the director for the future heist film, and DuVernay also seemed eager to helm the fictional project.
Clearly Twitter was 100% behind a “Spy” film starring Rihanna and Nyong’o, directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Issa Rae, and it looks like Hollywood, took note and is making it happen!
The movie is slated to begin production next year. This is, perhaps, the best thing that has ever happened! As more details are revealed, we will be sure to update the story!
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. Her first theatrical film feature was in Battleship in 2012, and she is currently set to star in Amazon Studio’s music drama Annette. Rihanna can be seen next in the female driven Ocean’s Eleven spinoff, Ocean’s 8, scheduled to be released on June 8, 2018.
Nyong’o was most recently seen in the Disney drama Queen of Katwe, as the mother of a young Ugandan chess prodigy, and has joined the cast of the highly anticipated Marvel film Black Panther.