25 May 2017

Social media inspire a movie for Lupita and Rihanna

An idea that started from memes and comments on social media has been turned into a movie which will star Lupita Nyong'o and Rihanna.

This started when a Tumblr user "elizabitchtalor" captioned the picture of the two celebrities as: "They look like they're in a heist movie with Rihanna as the tough-as-nails leader/master thief and Lupita as the genius computer hacker."

The concept originated from a photo of the two celebrities back in 2014 at the Miu Miu show during Paris Fashion Week. The photo went viral and inspired comments that proposed a heist movie in which Rihanna and Lupita scam the rich out of their money.

"Selma" director, Ava DuVernay is set to direct the movie and "Insecure" creator Issa Rae has been roped in to write the script. What started as a joke on Tumblr has now been turned into a movie pitch.

The untitled film is targeted to tackle the call for more black women in film both behind and in front of the camera. Lupita, Rihanna, Ava and Issa are big names in entertainment, and them working together will try and address the ongoing call to see more women of colour in film and will draw both critical attention and audiences to see how well the project plays out.

Thulile Gama