If you ever find yourself questioning the power of social media, consider this: a photo of two celebrities sitting next to each other at a fashion show became a Twitter meme joking that those celebs should star in a buddy movie together — which is now actually happening.
The photo in question featured Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o sitting side by side at a Miu Miu fashion show in 2014.
The photo eventually became a meme thanks to a tweet that joked about how RiRi “looks like she scams rich white men” while the “12 Years a Slave” star is “the computer smart best friend that helps plan the [scams].”
The idea then began gathering steam to the point that Twitter users began contacting “Selma” director Ava DuVernay — who is now apparently making the whole thing a reality.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Netflix won an “aggressive” negotiation at the Cannes Film Festival in order to land the project, with Rihanna and Nyong’o set to star and DuVernay to direct. In addition, Issa Rae (star/writer of HBO comedy “Insecure”) is reportedly in talks to write the screenplay.
The journey from meme to movie intensified in April when the stars tweeted that they’d be down to do a film together.
And then DuVernay followed suit, tweeting that she’s “ready to call action for these #queens,” while Rae joined in by tweeting a GIF of a cat frantically pounding the keys of a laptop.
While there has been no official confirmation yet, EW reports: “Sources say Rae is already working on the script and the studio is eyeing a production start of 2018 after DuVernay completes her current film.”