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Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o want to star in a buddy comedy about scamming rich white men

Someone write this already.


Christine Friar


Posted on Apr 24, 2017   Updated on May 24, 2021, 4:37 pm CDT

If you’re a Hollywood hotshot and you’re reading this: listen up. There’s a movie that needs to be made.

Lupita Nyong’o and Rihanna have both expressed interest in starring in a movie where they play a team of scam artists—and it’s all because a fan tweeted about the idea.

The snowball started late last week when one fan commented that a photo of the singer and actor sitting side-by-side was one “for the history books.”


A second fan chimed it, pointing out that “Rihanna looks like she scams rich white men” and Lupita “is the computer smart best friend” that helps her with the logistics.

Even though the celebs aren’t tagged in the tweet, it went viral enough in the following days that it must have landed in Nyong’o’s mentions, because she embedded it into a tweet of her own and looped Rihanna in on the conversation. Sunday evening, Rihanna confirmed that, yes, she loves the idea. It basically sounds like a full-length version of the “Bitch Better Have My Money” video—a perfect fit.

Now all they need is a lady director and they’re really cooking. Ava DuVernay, maybe?

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*First Published: Apr 24, 2017, 1:32 pm CDT