Lupita Nyong’o and Rihanna Meme Team Collaborate with DuVernay

Memes really do come true. Netflix has leapt at the opportunity to produce a buddy film starring Lupita Nyong’o and Rihanna, inspired by some twitter commentary and Tumblr art. The film pitch went viral on Twitter after the two were photographed together at a Miu Miu fashion show in 2014.

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Studios duked it out at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival for the rights to the project and Netflix took the victory. The original concept was for a heist movie, where Rihanna is the action star and Nyong’o is the brains behind the operation.

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Here’s how it all went came together:

After the two stars had expressed interest via Twitter, 13th director Ava DuVernay jumped on board, as did the writer of HBO Comedy Insecure, Issa Rae. Rae’s representatives have confirmed that “the original Twitter users who imagined the concept for this film will be credited and included in some form.” We are pretty sure, this is the best thing Twitter has ever done for us.

We’re looking forward to a 2018 release for this incredible collaboration.