Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o Will Actually Star in a Scammer Movie Directed by Ava DuVernay

Twitter’s dreams just became a reality: Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o really will costar in a buddy movie directed by Ava DuVernay. Issa Rae is reportedly in talks to pen the script. The film will stream on Netflix, according to Entertainment Weekly.

The concept started from a viral Tumblr post by a user named elizabitchtaylor in 2015. (She’s known as Roxy in real life, though she hasn’t disclosed her last name.) Her post featured a photo of BadGal Riri and Nyong’o sitting together at a fashion show in 2014. “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,” she wrote.


In April, the photo was shared again by @blaquepink on Twitter.

Twitter user @1800SADGAL shared the pic with a genius idea for a buddy movie between the two superstars: “Rihanna looks like she scams rich white men and Lupita is the computer smart best friend that helps plan the scans.”

After the tweet started gaining traction, it eventually caught Lupita’s eye. She showed her interest, and beckoned Rihanna to do the same. “I’m down if you are,” she tweeted at the singer.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09:  Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends 2015 Glamour Women Of The Year Awards at Carnegie Hall on November 9, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Glamour)

RiRi was sold. “I’m in Pit’z,” she wrote back.

Issa Rae, star and writer of HBO’s Insecure, also chimed in. “I didn’t know I wanted this,” she tweeted.

After someone brought the tweet to Ava DuVernay’s attention, the award-winning director was ready to bring the project to life. “Lights set. Camera’s up. Ready to call action for these #queens,” she posted.

Since then, other additions and ideas to the scammer storyline made their way into the Twitter-verse. Tweeter @DavidDTSS suggested that Tracee Ellis Ross and Taraji P. Henson should join the star-studded cast and appear as “rival scammers” in the film.


Ross was a fan. “Ha! My expression says scammer all day!” she said in a retweet.

Another user @AFangirlPotato suggested Rihanna’s Cannes look should be how the movie ends.

This looks like the end of that Rihanna x Lupita scammer movie and im so into it ????????????????


— Sana chijeukimbap (@AFangirlPotato) May 19, 2017

With all the ideas circling the internet, DuVernay and Rae have plenty to work with on the upcoming film. Production for the movie will reportedly start in 2018, after DuVernay is finished with her current project.


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