The movie pitching session began after a user posted a standout picture of Rihanna and Nyong’o from 2014’s Paris Fashion Week. Nyong’o is dressed down compared to Rihanna, but the two both look like stunning, sophisticated women with a lot of power.
A picture for the history books pic.twitter.com/OgxAGZMn4Z
— ash (@blaquepink) April 18, 2017
That’s what got the creative juices flowing. Another user suggested that Rihanna looked like she “scams rich white men” and Nyong’o is the “computer smart best friend.”
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
— k (@1800SADGAL) April 18, 2017
People weighed in with their ideas, suggesting that it be made into a movie. This then made its way over to the subjects of the photo. First, Nyong’o tweeted at Rihanna, saying she was down.
— Lupita Nyong'o (@Lupita_Nyongo) April 21, 2017
It took three days but Rihanna responded with her answer, along with a new nickname for Nyong’o.
I'm in Pit'z https://t.co/Kz0o3lBEmL
— Rihanna (@rihanna) April 23, 2017
With both its stars on board, Twitter continued its fan-casting. Issa Rae — creator and star of HBO’s “Insecure” — wasn’t the next person to be suggested, but she was the next one to hop in. As you can tell from the typing cat gif below, there’s some enthusiasm:
— Darrell. ???? (@dvrrxll) April 23, 2017
— Issa Rae (@IssaRae) April 23, 2017
So we have Nyong’o and Rihanna starring and Rae writing. But who will direct? There’s only one real candidate.
— Mikelle Street (@MikelleStreet) April 23, 2017
That’s right, Ava DuVernay — director of the Oscar-nominated film “Selma” and an Oscar nominee herself for the documentary “13th.” Luckily for us, she seems to be in as well.
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) April 24, 2017
Why this isn’t being made yet, I’m not sure, but it should. It’s about time, too. Buzzfeed even pointed out that similar stories based on the photo have been making the rounds on social media for years. Nyong’o, in a post on her Instagram, highlighted some fan art of the film, which she says is called “Cashing In.”
So while we all wait for the film to actually get made, we can enjoy this dialogue and picture what the scenes will look like.
Lupita: "Two rows down.Mr. Fox Welsh.Tall.Handsome.Recently divorced. Net Worth: 600 million"
Rihanna: "…acquired." pic.twitter.com/uX8I7NnWc2
— X (@XLNB) April 21, 2017