Netflix is in intense negotiations to land a movie that originally started as a viral meme and internet sensation. The film will star Lupita Nyong’o and Rihanna, with Ava DuVernay directing and Insecure‘s Issa Rae in talks to pen the script.
A representative for Netflix said the streaming service had no comment at this time.
There is no plot description for the film yet, but when fans first started the idea of the entire project on Tumblr and Twitter, they made some suggestions of their own. The first post was made on Tumblr two years ago.
In April, the photo resurfaced on Twitter and things took off from there.
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
Before long, all four women were looped in on Twitter and responded positively:
— Lupita Nyong’o (@Lupita_Nyongo) April 21, 2017
I’m in Pit’z https://t.co/Kz0o3lBEmL
— Rihanna (@rihanna) April 23, 2017
Whiplash producer Helen Estabrook also threw her hat in to support the film, although it’s unclear if she will have any involvement in the project now that it’s actually happening.
— helen estabrook (@helenestabrook) April 21, 2017
While it is unknown what the plot of the film will be, Rae’s reps told Vanity Fair that the original users who posted the image and concept “will be credited and included in some form.”
Nyong’o won an Oscar for her film debut in 12 Years a Slave and has since appeared in films such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Jungle Book, and Queen of Katwe. She will next appear in two more Disney films, continuing her relationship with the studio, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Black Panther. She’s repped by CAA and D2 Management.
Rihanna made her acting debut as herself in the 2013 comedy This Is End and will next be seen in an acting capacity in this summer’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets followed by next year’s Ocean’s 8. She’s repped by WME.
DuVernay gained critical and commercial attention for her 2014 Oscar-nominated film Selma, which she followed up with last year’s documentary 13th. She recently wrapped production on Disney’s adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time. She’s repped by CAA.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor