Rihanna & Lupita Nyong’o are the first, but they shouldn’t be the last.
After one photo of Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o at a fashion show went viral, a user on Tumblr captioned, “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 a glorious, wonderful meme was born. But more importantly, fairy godmother on earth Ava DuVernay blessed us all and granted our wish.
I don’t know what we did to deserve such a nice thing, but this is amazing. According to Entertainment Weekly, Netflix got the rights to make the film, which will be written by the great Issa Rae of HBO’s Insecure. I have no idea when either DuVernay or Rae will have time to write this movie in the middle of their hectic schedules, but I’m here for it and willing to wait as long as it takes.
Since the announcement came out only a few days ago, there’s no word on the plot, other characters, or dates for the start of the project. Until then, fans are left with only social media accounts of the two stars to string together fan theories about what these two could be up to. The most popular theory revolves around Rihanna scamming white guys out of their fortunes and Lupita acting as the mastermind schemer — a plot I am here for. I’d also (no surprise) be 110% here for their remake as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson.
That’s just wishful thinking, of course, but if we’re just brainstorming random ideas here… Because if the power of Twitter and Ava DuVernay can give us the Rihanna & Lupita Nyong’o movie of our dreams, I’m making some other requests.
Laverne Cox and Beyonce
Political drama: Laverne wants to be President of the United States, along with VP Beyonce, and their political savvy, cunning, and disregard for the rules of Washington will put them there.
Sofia Vergara and Priyanka Chopra
Raunchy comedy: The crazy escapades of entertainment’s two biggest stars and childhood best friends.
Chloe Bennet and Elizabeth Henstridge
Milennial/ Young Person comedy: Two news interns discover their governor is corrupt and go rouge to deliver the scoop.
Mindy Kaling and Reese Witherspoon
Classic remake/ Reboot with a modern twist: Batman and Robin. Thelma and Louise. Kirk and Spock. Joe Friday and Bill Gannon. Lucy and Ethel. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. Pick one or they could do them all.
Rachel Bloom and Gabrielle Ruiz and Vella Lovell
Dystopian thriller (obviously): What does society look like in the year 3021 under the reign of Friendtopia?
(This movie is also a musical too. Obviously.)
Sasheer Zamata and Cecily Strong
Romantic comedy: Career-minded Cecily has always been unlucky in love until she realizes her best friend Sasheer was there all along.
Melissa McCarthy and Ellen
Goofy comedy: Secret service agent Ellen must protect President McCarthy from criminals, national security threats, and sometimes herself.