Lupita Nyong’o on Rihanna buddy film
Lupita Nyong’o is not spilling much about her wildly anticipated heist film with Rihanna, except to say it will be a movie of the people.
“You know what’s really cool is that people spoke up about the kind of movie they wanna see and this is a great example,” the Academy Award-winning actress told “Entertainment Tonight.”
The concept began in April, when a photo of Rihanna and Nyong’o taken at a 2014 fashion show started making the rounds with the caption, “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.”
Twitter users grabbed hold of the idea, suggesting “Insecure” star Issa Rae write the story and “Selma” director Ava DuVernay direct it.
Like a Hollywood fairytale, all four women said they were down to make the movie.
Nyong’o is co-starring in the forthcoming “Black Panther” and said the as yet untitled heist movie has something in common with the Marvel film.
“‘Black Panther’ is being embraced because people are really hungry for this kind of film, and that movie with me and Rihanna and Issa and Ava is another one of those examples,” Nyono’o said. “People want to see something like themselves and something different, something they’re not being offered yet. I’m honored to be a part of that conversation.”