Back in May, a photo of Rihanna and Nyong'o at Paris Fashion Week from 2014 suddenly went viral, with fans pitching plot ideas on social media, such as, "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."
Later, a source for Entertainment Weekly said Netflix has a movie in the works that will star Rihanna and Nyong'o, written by Insecure star Issa Rae and directed by Ava DuVernay. Rae's team confirmed to Vanity Fair that the heist plot line will be credited to those creative social media users.
"Like, Black Panther is being embraced because people are really hungry for this kind of film, and that movie with me and Rihanna and Issa [Rae] and Ava [DuVernay] is another one of those examples where people want to see something like themselves, and something different something they're not being offered yet, and I'm honored to be a part of that conversation," Nyong'o said of the project.
Nyong'o stars as Nakia in Black Panther, and also shared the intense workouts the cast went through to become Wakandan warriors.
"The story was something that was really important to all of us, and we needed to get our bodies ready for it so our workouts were extreme!" she shared. "We did a special kind of workout. We would workout to live drumming by a great drummer. And he would sit there and drum as we worked out, so that brought in the African flavor, you know? And that was incredible, it totally changes your sense of movement, you know, the core of where you move from -- it just shifts. And it was a lot of different martial arts."
From there, the cast broke off to work on different specialties for their specific characters. "To see everyone start from being, like, real clumsy to actually perfecting it was so cool!" added Nyong'o.