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Valerian director says Rihanna is focused, generous on set

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Director Luc Besson says getting Rihanna’s team on board for her role in the sci-fi epic “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” was a little painful at first.Rihanna’s manager Jay Brown was a fan of Besson’s films like “The Professional” and “La Femme Nikita” but they had to make sure they trusted Besson and his crew before they committed.

Rihanna’s manager Jay Brown was a fan of Besson’s films like “The Professional” and “La Femme Nikita” but they had to make sure they trusted Besson and his crew before they committed.The pop superstar co-stars in “Valerian,” out July 21, as a burlesque dancer named Bubble who performs in a seedy club owned by Ethan Hawke. Although it’s a relatively small part in the film starring Cara Delevingne and Dane DeHaan, it’s already being hailed by early viewers as a scene-stealing performance.

The pop superstar co-stars in “Valerian,” out July 21, as a burlesque dancer named Bubble who performs in a seedy club owned by Ethan Hawke. Although it’s a relatively small part in the film starring Cara Delevingne and Dane DeHaan, it’s already being hailed by early viewers as a scene-stealing performance.Rihanna, who wasn’t available for an interview, was the director’s first choice for the pivotal role and he figured it couldn’t hurt to ask. She’d had a main role in the 2012 film “Battleship” and the animated “Home,” and cameos in “This Is the End” and “Annie.”

Rihanna, who wasn’t available for an interview, was the director’s first choice for the pivotal role and he figured it couldn’t hurt to ask. She’d had a main role in the 2012 film “Battleship” and the animated “Home,” and cameos in “This Is the End” and “Annie.”He was surprised at how involved her team was at the outset.

He was surprised at how involved her team was at the outset.”They’re very protective of her,” he said “So before you get in, you have to prove that you’re honest and you’re there for a good reason … . It’s a little painful at the beginning, but after a while you go, ‘Yeah, we get it.'”

“They’re very protective of her,” he said “So before you get in, you have to prove that you’re honest and you’re there for a good reason … . It’s a little painful at the beginning, but after a while you go, ‘Yeah, we get it.'”
Once the Grammy winner’s team decided to move forward, Besson said Rihanna “was lovely.””What was good was when she was on the set she’s 200 percent focused with you, no entourage, she’s there. When she’s there, she’s there,” Besson said.

“What was good was when she was on the set she’s 200 percent focused with you, no entourage, she’s there. When she’s there, she’s there,” Besson said.”The problem, sometimes, is to have her there,” the French director added with a smile, to which his wife and producer Virginie Besson-Silla quickly jumped in and said, “No, no, she’s was good!”

“The problem, sometimes, is to have her there,” the French director added with a smile, to which his wife and producer Virginie Besson-Silla quickly jumped in and said, “No, no, she’s was good!””She was good,” Besson agreed. “She was amazing and so focused. I was surprised by how much she was ready and open to the director … She was at my service and I was surprised at the beginning. She was so generous.”

“She was good,” Besson agreed. “She was amazing and so focused. I was surprised by how much she was ready and open to the director … She was at my service and I was surprised at the beginning. She was so generous.”

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Rihanna attends the Ocean’s 8 New York Premiere

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Rihanna stars in Ocean's 8 as Nine Ball

This Tuesday (June 5), Rihanna and the whole Ocean’s 8 cast attended the New York premiere at the Alice Tully Hall. Check out photos and videos from Rihanna’s arrival and inside below. For more, follow @rihannadaily on Instagram and Twitter.

After the premiere, Rihanna and the cast headed to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the after party.

Ocean’s 8 hits theaters June 8th and Rihanna stars as Nine Ball.

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Rihanna stars in Ocean’s 8 main trailer

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Rihanna stars in Ocean's 8 as Nine Ball

Debbie Ocean gathers a crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City’s yearly Met Gala.

Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side) stars in the title role, alongside Cate Blanchett (Carol), Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables), Richard Armitage (the Hobbit Trilogy), Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project); Awkwafina (Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising); Sarah Paulson (American Crime Story), James Corden (Into the Woods), with Rihanna (This is the End) and Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech).

Gary Ross (Seabiscuit, The Hunger Games) directed Ocean’s 8 from a screenplay he cowrote with Olivia Milch (Dude), story by Ross. Steven Soderbergh and Susan Ekins produced the film, with Michael Tadross, Sandra Bullock, Diana Alvarez and Bruce Berman executive producing, and Milch co-producing.

Ross’s behind-the-scenes team included director of photography Eigil Bryld (In Bruges), production designer Alex DiGerlando (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Oscar-nominated editor Juliette Welfling (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), Oscar-winning editor William Goldenberg (Argo), costume designer Sarah Edwards (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty), and composer Daniel Pemberton (Steve Jobs).

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, the action adventure Ocean’s 8. The film is set for release on June 8, 2018, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

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A Look At Rihanna’s Acting History, From ‘Bring It On: All or Nothing’ to ‘Ocean’s 8’

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The trailer for the highly anticipated Ocean’s Trilogy sequel/spin-off, Ocean’s 8was released today (Dec. 19) and features an all-star cast of numerous badass women — including everybody’s favorite Barbadian triple-threat, Rihanna.

The iconic superstar has proved time and time again that she is a force to be reckoned since her early days, through her music, fashion and beauty ventures, but also her various acting roles, which have truly showed her versatility and superb talent.

From early work such as Bring It On: All or Nothing to this past year’s sci-fi adventure Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Rihanna has proved she has what it takes to make it in the acting world. Here’s a look back at Rihanna’s roles in both film and television.

Bring It On: All or Nothing (2006)

The cheerleading comedy finds a transfer student trying to join the cheerleading squad of a rough high school, where she not only faces off against the new school’s head cheerleader, but against her former school in a cheer competition as well. Rihanna makes a cameo appearance in the film, where she announces the cheerleading competition and declares that the winners shall appear in a music video with her. A small role, yes, but as good a starting place for Rihanna as any.

Battleship

In this sci-fi action film, we find Rihanna far from the comforts of the stage, thrust into a war filled with uncertainty. The 2012 film based off the board game of the same name follows a fleet of ships that battle a series of unfamiliar foes, where Rihanna stars as Cora Raikes, a weapons specialist aboard one of the ships. Director Peter Berg stated in an interview with GQ that he came up with the idea to cast Rihanna after he realized she could act when she performed a skit on Saturday Night Live. Rihanna later went on to state that she accepted the role because she wanted to “do something badass.”

This Is the End

The 2013 end of the world comedy directed by Seth Rogen features a hilarious appearance from Rihanna, who is attending a party at James Franco’s house where she and numerous other celebrities are faced with the doom that will be brought on from the impending apocalypse. Though brief, Rihanna’s cameo showcases her comedic chops and versatility as an actress.

Annie

Starring in a movie-within-a-movie, Rihanna plays the villain of “MoonQuake Lake,” the flick that Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhané Wallis go to see together in the musical adaptation. The fake film also co-stars Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher.

Home

This 2015 film from DreamWorks finds Rihanna cast in the lead role as Gratuity “Tip” Tucci, a teenage girl who befriends an alien on the run from his own people. During a round of press interviews for the film, Rihanna and her costars Jim Parsons and Steve Martin were asked about the possibility of life on other planets — to which Rihanna suggests keeping an open mind.

Bates Motel

On the hit A&E series, Rihanna starred as Marion Crane, the troubled secretary who played an iconic role in the 1960 horror classic Psycho, which the series is based off of. Taking over the character from Janet Leigh, Rihanna brought a modern and more relatable version to the screen for viewers to identify with. Viewers who were hoping for a remake of the infamous murder scene were out of luck, however, as Rihanna’s version of Crane survived and her lover, Sam Loomis, meet his untimely demise instead.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Meet Bubble, the shape-shifting burlesque dancer portrayed by Rihanna in this fantasy film about two special operatives who must race to identify the evil that threatens the future of their home and the universe. Director Luc Besson contacted RiRi’s manager to offer her the small but crucial role, to which she accepted, and shot around her jam-packed touring and promotions schedule.

Ocean’s Eight

Set to be released Summer 2018, Ocean’s Eight will find Sandra Bullock’s character, Debbie Ocean, attempting to pull off a heist at New York City’s star-studded Met Gala, following in the footsteps of her infamous family. Rihanna will star as Nine Ball, a computer genius and hacker who aids Debbie in her quest, and will star along other such acting stars as Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling and Sarah Paulson.

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