Who knew Twitter would turn into the next Hollywood casting office! It’s amazing that this tweet about the two stars at a 2014 Miu Miu fashion show:
Rihanna looks like she scams rich white men and lupita is the computer smart best friend that helps plan the scans https://t.co/PhWs1xd3nj
— WHOOPHERASSKOURTNI (@1800SADGAL) April 18, 2017
launched this result:
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) May 22, 2017
According to Entertainment Weekly:
After a dramatic negotiation session at the Cannes Film Festival, Netflix has nabbed a film project pairing Grammy winner Rihanna with Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, in a concept that began as a Twitter sensation. Ava DuVernay (Selma) will direct, and Issa Rae (Insecure) is writing the screenplay.
According to sources, Netflix landed the project in a very aggressive bid, beating out multiple other suitors.
The film will go into production in 2018 after DuVernay finishes her latest project. I, for one, is excited for this film and I can’t wait to see it when it comes to Netflix. Twitter–particularly #BlackTwitter, which started the whole movie talk–is excited, too:
Twitter users have also continued the casting train by providing Ava DuVernay tons of suggestions:
— Sailor Venus 🌙 (@Unaamorcitaa) May 23, 2017
Bring @joanneprada to show the characters how to scam, in the movie. 🙏🏼
— Sylvain Curatola (@SylvainCuratola) May 22, 2017
I need Lupita and Rihanna to scam Casey Affleck in this new Netflix movie.
— Ebba (@illestbaba) May 22, 2017
— 🙅🏾♂️avier Harding (@iamxavier) May 22, 2017
— Issa Gemini ♊️ (@nekrobyyy) May 23, 2017
— KEESH! (@_kcnvrmnd) May 23, 2017
— Nichole ✨✨✨ (@tnwhiskeywoman) May 23, 2017
— threelilbirdsss 🕊 (@threelilbirdsss) May 23, 2017
— WonderWoman June 2nd (@BlckBolex) May 22, 2017
As Shadow and Act brought up, the big question is whether the person whose tweet originated this idea will get paid. “This could be one of those precedent-setting situations,” wrote Shadow and Act’s Tambay Obenson. If there is payment on the way, that means that the floodgates have opened for tons of films coming from Twitter, with tons of creators getting some steep royalty checks.
What do you think about this film? Give your opinions in the comments section below!