Someone Made A Joke About Rihanna On Tumblr In 2014, And Now She's Making A Movie About It

Singer will star with Lupita Nyong'o in film created entirely by the internet

Most Popular

When Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o sat down next to each other on the front row of a fashion show in 2014, someone posted a picture of it to Tumblr [above] with the caption "They look like they're in a heist movie with Rihanna as the tough-as-nails leader/master thief and Lupita as the genius computer hacker" and promptly went viral.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

Fast-forward to today and the film is actually being made – proof that in addition to deciding the outcome of elections the internet is now deciding what movies get made, too.

The buddy caper, which will be penned by Insecure's Issa Rae and directed by Ava DuVernay, was picked up by Netflix at this year's Cannes Film Festival – the streaming giants surely shrewd to the fact that the film's origin story will attract interest, even if the premise doesn't really sound all that promising... (sorry: just us?)

In any case: how on earth did this happen? Well, it helped that the stars in questions caught wind of the story and declared themselves up for it on Twitter.

The plot of the film was also dreamt up by fans, again on Twitter, and will apparently see Rihanna playing a con artist who targets rich white men, with Nyong'o playing her best friend.

Representatives for Rae told Vanity Fair, "the original Twitter users who imagined the concept for this film will be credited and included in some form."

2017, everyone.