I’m sure that you, at some point within the last month, heard about a fictional heist film starring singer Rihanna and actress Lupita Nyong’o. It wasn’t a real movie, just an idea put together by some Twitter and Tumblr users. It was, I have to mention, a great idea, since we are all sick of seeing the white men buddy-comedy movies that are SO popular these days, but that’s besides the point.
The idea itself was formed in 2014, after a photo of Lupita and Rihanna at fashion week went viral. TBH, this stuff happens all the time, so we never thought it was really going to happen, right? But, when you think about it, that does sound like the most ideal and perfect movie ever made, especially if you throw in the idea that that the movie is about them scamming rich white men. If you’re not familiar, here it is:
It got popular, then we all sort of forgot about it. We all thought it was just another funny Tumblr post that would eventually die down and end up in a meme cemetery somewhere in the corner of the internet. UNTIL, last month, when Lupita tweeted that she was, in fact, down with the idea of a movie starring her and Rih.
— Lupita Nyong’o (@Lupita_Nyongo) April 21, 2017
The world freaked out in support of this not-yet-written movie. I mean, imagine these two ladies on screen together, slaying for the entire world to see? And then, Rihanna herself got in on it.
I’m in Pit’z https://t.co/Kz0o3lBEmL
— Rihanna (@rihanna) April 23, 2017
BUT IT GETS BETTER!! They even gained attention of director Ava DuVernay and writer Issa Rae, who were both, obviously, into the idea.
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) April 24, 2017
The original Tumblr post was from 2014, but it resurfaced as tweet earlier this year. Then the hype quickly died down, and we all believed it was just a funny twitter exchange between some awesome ladies. But, fortunately, we were actually wrong, and yesterday, it was announced the the film will actually come to life on Netflix. YEP. It’s REALLY happening.
Obviously, Twitter is VERY excited, as they should be. This movie will be made up of a bunch of talented and amazing black women. Not only is that representation important, it’s also pretty freaking cool that this story originated online, based on a picture and the collective imagination of the internet. We don’t know anything else about this movie, like when it will film or air, but we do know that it is happening, and it’s already my pick for best picture at the Oscars.
Will you see this movie? Tell us in the comments!