Netflix nabs Lupita Nyong’o, Rihanna film pitched by Twitter users

Actress Lupita Nyong'o and singer Rihanna are starring in a Netflix movie directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Issa Rae.  (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

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Actress Lupita Nyong'o and singer Rihanna are starring in a Netflix movie directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Issa Rae. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

It’s happening! Netflix just scored a deal to produce a movie starring Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o -- a concept created by Black Twitter.

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According to Entertainment Weekly, the project was just made official during a negotiation session at the Cannes Film Festival this week, but the idea originally started brewing on social media in April.

It began when one Twitter user posted a photo of the stars at a 2014 fashion show 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."

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Nyong'o quoted the tweet and tagged Rihanna, saying, "I'm down if you are @rihanna."

"I'm in Pit'z," Rihanna replied

When other tweeps caught wind of the idea, they recruited Ava DuVernay as the director and Issa Rae as the screenwriter.

Now, the plan is actually coming to fruition.

There is no word on the flick’s final storyline, but production is set to begin in 2018, and the crew is thrilled. Check out DuVernay’s response below.

We deserve nice things. ✌

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— Ava DuVernay (@ava)

ExploreMay 22, 2017

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