By Rita Chioma
Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o will finally star in a film together, 3 years after fans called for the duo to co-star in a film.
Entertainment Weekly revealed that, 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.
The project began as an online meme when the photo below, a shot that was taken in 2014 of the two women in the front row of a Miu Miu fashion show went viral, prompting calls to turn it into a movie.
According to sources, Netflix landed the project in a very aggressive bid, beating out multiple other suitors.
So far, Netflix hasn’t made any comment on the deal.