It all started with a meme. The news broke last night that calls for a film based on the friendship of Lupita Nyong’o and Rihanna had been answered.
Twitter: RT @1800SADGAL: Rihanna looks like she scams rich white men and lupita is the computer smart best friend that helps plan the scans https://… (@_miizus)
The post (above) contains a photo from the 2014 Miu Miu Fashion Show, and suggests a team up between Rihanna and Nyong’o. An alternative post suggested Rihanna plays the “tough as nails leader” and Oscar-winner Nyong’o plays a “genius computer hacker.”
After going viral, fans began tweeting Rihanna and Nyong’o, as well as director, Ava DuVernay (Selma, 13th), and writer, Issa Rae (Insecure). All four have now signed on to work on the film. Faux-synopses, fan fiction, and fan art were all created in the space of a few weeks.
Twitter: RT @Lupita_Nyongo: I’m down if you are @rihanna https://t.co/vwHBWeCbFZ (@_miizus)
Twitter: RT @rihanna: I’m in Pit’z https://t.co/Kz0o3lBEmL (@_miizus)
Twitter: RT @ava: @MikelleStreet @rihanna Lights set. Camera’s up. Ready to call action for these #queens. 👑 https://t.co/NVgqpFeTnu (@defenderjessica)
Twitter: @dvrrxll @rihanna https://t.co/XG2WMribGJ (@IssaRae)
Twitter: RT @rihanna: Issa possibility 😳 https://t.co/QrqjSFJ73f (@IssaRae)
Netflix bought the rights to the film after negotiations at Cannes Film Festival and, according to Entertainment Weekly, want production to start early next year. Rae has apparently already begun work on the script.
It is unclear in what capacity the original tweeters will receive credit, but reps for Issa Rae told Vanity Fair that they would be “credited and included in some form.”
It’s a bizarre turn of events, but one that all corners of the internet have welcomed. While Netflix, Rae, Nyong’o, and Rihanna are all yet to comment, the reaction is sure to please those involved. DuVernay has simply tweeted the following in reaction to the news:
Twitter: We deserve nice things. ✌🏾️
Calls for representation and diversity in film have increased hugely over the last few years, and this Woman of Colour-led film is a huge step in the right direction. Fingers crossed it’s as popular as the meme itself.