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Rihanna, Lupita Nyong’o to star in new film, thanks to memes

/ 08:26 AM May 23, 2017

Because of fan-made memes that went viral last month, Rihanna and Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o will be starring in their own film.

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The bid for a movie starring both women was ignited when a Twitter user shared a 2014 photo of Rihanna and Nyong’o seated together at the Miu Miu fashion show.

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“Rihanna looks like she scams rich white men and Lupita is the computer-smart best friend that helps plan the scams,” one user jokingly pitched in a tweet that stockpiled 209,000 likes.

In another viral tweet, another user gushed, “A picture for the history books.” More Twitter users conceptualized a heist-centered story amplified by black empowered women.

And the netizens’ prayers were answered: Netflix bagged rights to produce Nyong’o and Rihanna’s movie, which is slated for a 2018 release, according to Entertainment Weekly.

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The plot thickened when Rihanna and Nyong’o expressed their willingness to work with each other. As deliberated by fans, Ava DuVernay agreed to direct the film while Issa Rae was tapped to pen the script.

Shooting to fame with her chart-topping hits “Umbrella” and “Only Girl,” Rihanna, 29, appeared in the TV series “Bates Motel” and will join the star-studded cast of the upcoming flick “Ocean’s Eight.”

Nyong’o, for her part, starred in the drama film “Queen of Katwe” and will appear in Marvel’s forthcoming thriller “Black Panther.”  Gianna Francesca Catolico /ra

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