Lupita Nyong’o glad fans "spoke up" about Twitter-inspired buddy movie

Posted on: July 25th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

Getty Images for Disney(LOS ANGELES) — Remember that Rihanna/Lupita Nyong’o action movie everyone was having fun fantasizing about a few months ago on Twitter?  Nyongo’o’s thanking fans for making that happen. 

“You know, what’s really cool is that people spoke up about the kind of movie they wanna see and this is a great example,” Nyong’o told Entertainment Tonight.

The idea for the project began in April, when a photo, taken in 2014 of Rihanna and Nyong’o fashionably dressed in the front row of a Miu Miu fashion show, went viral as a meme, with fans saying Rihanna would scam “rich white men,” and Lupita would be her, “computer-smart best friend that helps plan the scams.”

After other Twitter users joined in, tapped Insecure writer/star Issa Rae to pen the script and Selma director Ava DuVernay to call the shots, the made-up movie became a reality, and is reportedly attached to Netflix. 

During at her appearance at Comic-Con over the weekend, Nyong’o said she even saw commonalities between her upcoming Marvel film, Black Panther, and the proposed heist film.

“Black Panther is being embraced because people are really hungry for this kind of film, and that movie with me and Rihanna and Issa and Ava is another one of those examples,” Nyono’o said. “People want to see something like themselves and something different, something they’re not being offered yet. I’m honored to be a part of that conversation.”

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