Who knew Twitter would turn into the next Hollywood casting office! It’s amazing that this tweet about the two stars at a 2014 Miu Miu fashion show:
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
— kateria ? (@artthekid) April 18, 2017
launched this result:
Exclusive: It's happening! @Rihanna and @Lupita_Nyongo will LITERALLY costar in a buddy movie by @Ava DuVernay: https://t.co/Mz8k2cT5fH pic.twitter.com/Xev716aLt5
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) May 22, 2017
According to Entertainment Weekly:
After a 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.
The film will go into production in 2018 after DuVernay finishes her latest project. I, for one, is excited for this film and I can’t wait to see it when it comes to Netflix. Twitter–particularly #BlackTwitter, which started the whole movie talk–is excited, too:
The Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o buddy movie is actually happening
Twitter users have also continued the casting train by providing Ava DuVernay tons of suggestions:
. @ava hey, can @violadavis be the mentor who helps @rihanna and @Lupita_Nyongo scam rich white men!?!?
— Assata Shake Dat Ass (@Unaamorcitaa) May 23, 2017
Please @ava @Lupita_Nyongo @rihanna @netflix @NetflixFR
Bring @joanneprada to show the characters how to scam, in the movie. ??
— Sylvain Curatola (@SylvainCuratola) May 22, 2017
I need Lupita and Rihanna to scam Casey Affleck in this new Netflix movie.
— Ebba (@illestbaba) May 22, 2017
.@netflix I know Lupita and Rihanna only scam white men, but…crossover? pic.twitter.com/8U0TcX4kku
— ??♂️avier Harding (@iamxavier) May 22, 2017
Can @tonygoldwyn be one of the rich white men that they swindle? @ava https://t.co/A345Xe4EpL
— Nek? (@sweetneka_) May 23, 2017
Since this is a real thing now, @ava I GOT YOU! https://t.co/4ZtrlVtYwE
— KEESH! (@_kcnvrmnd) May 23, 2017
I nominate this as the song that plays as Rihanna & Lupita walk away from their first heist. @ava https://t.co/N92QRIS1DK
— Nichole ✨✨✨ (@tnwhiskeywoman) May 23, 2017
I finished casting the movie @ava @rihanna @Lupita_Nyongo @iJesseWilliams @IssaRae pic.twitter.com/PtXCOxmr1k
— threelilbirdsss ? (@threelilbirdsss) May 23, 2017
Hey @ava if you and Issa are looking here's a few seasoned white men for Riri and Lupita to scam out of them coins pic.twitter.com/Vaot2b8Njy
— Martian Manhunter Jr (@BlckBolex) May 22, 2017
As Shadow and Act brought up, the big question is whether the person whose tweet originated this idea will get paid. “This could be one of those precedent-setting situations,” wrote Shadow and Act’s Tambay Obenson. If there is payment on the way, that means that the floodgates have opened for tons of films coming from Twitter, with tons of creators getting some steep royalty checks.
What do you think about this film? Give your opinions in the comments section below!