Turns out the internet is more powerful than we imagined. Remember that photo of Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o sitting front row at a Miu Miu fashion show? It went viral, with people commenting and agreeing that “Rihanna looks like she scams rich white men and Lupita is the computer smart best friend that helps plan the scams.” Well, now it's actually becoming a movie. Here's a break of how it all went down:
First, here's the tumblr post that started the whole conversation:
After going viral, Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o got into the action:
I'm in Pit'z https://t.co/Kz0o3lBEmL— Rihanna (@rihanna) April 23, 2017
Quickly everything spiraled out of control and Twitter users went so far as to ask for Ava DuVernay (who is in post-production on A Wrinkle in Time) to direct and Issa Rae (whose second season of HBO’s Insecure will debut on July 23) to write. Soon after, the dream team was set.
Now according to Entertainment Weekly, after a dramatic negotiation session at the Cannes Film Festival, Netflix managed to beat out multiple other suitors and nabbed a film project pairing Grammy winner Rihanna with Oscar winner Nyong’o.
DuVernay will direct, and Rae is writing the screenplay. Its unclear unclear how faithful Rae will remain to the crowd-sourced concept but the original Twitter users who imagined the concept for this film will be credited.