Netflix has officially nabbed the rights to an Ava DuVernay—directed movie that will pair Grammy winner Rihanna with Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, in a concept that began as a Twitter sensation. Issa Rae (Insecure) is in talks to pen the script.
The streaming service reportedly outbid multiple suitors for the project.
Back in 2014, a photo (seen above) featuring a shot of the two women in the front row of a Miu Miu fashion show went viral, prompting fans to call for it to be turned into a movie. Some even went as far as to create concept art for what they called the “scammer story.”
The plot envisions Rihanna playing a woman who cons white men, while her brilliant co-conspirator (played by Nyong’o) orchestrates the heists.
Reps for Rae told Vanity Fair “the original Twitter users who imagined the concept for this film will be credited and included in some form.”
A picture for the history books pic.twitter.com/OgxAGZMn4Z
— ash (@blaquepink) April 18, 2017
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
We deserve nice things. ✌🏾️https://t.co/VlbKhLNDIv
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) May 22, 2017
Rihanna and Lupita in a movie together made by Ava DuVernay based on those posts of the spy movie pic.twitter.com/0BGR5uIGLP
— Ash (@DaisyIsBi) May 22, 2017
— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) May 22, 2017