It’s Happening: Lupita Nyong’o and Rihanna to Star in Netflix Movie Directed by Ava DuVernay

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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 directing and Insecure‘s 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.

Before long, all four women were looped in on Twitter and responded positively:

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.

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.”

Entertainment Weekly first announced the news of the project. Netflix did not respond when contacted for comment.

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 and

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 .

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 .

Rae is the creator, writer, and star of the critically acclaimed HBO series Insecure. She’ll next appear in the film Empress of Serenity. She’s repped by and .

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