This Hacker Movie Starring Rihanna And Lupita Nyong'o Needs To Get Made


In 2014, Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o sat front row at Miu Miu's show during Paris Fashion Week. Last weekend, this photo of them from the event went viral on Twitter. 

It all started when k, or @1800SADGAL, wrote that—with her yellow fur, dark shades, and blunt bangs—Rihanna looked "like she scams rich white men." And Lupita, who wore chunky glasses and a collared shirt,looked like Rih's "computer smart best friend that helps plan the scans [sic]."



Lupita was immediately down for this. So was Whiplash producer Helen Estabrook, writing, "I will more than happily produce this movie."


Then Ava DuVernay volunteered as director: "Lights set. Camera's up. Ready to call action for these #queens."


Like Lupita, Rihanna was at the ready. And can we just talk about "Pit'z"?! I WANT RIHANNA TO NICKNAME ME.


Twitter quickly began casting the dreamiest hacker film ever conceived, with special shoutouts to Insecure's Issa Rae and Black-ish's Yara Shahidi. 


Like literally everyone else ever born, Rae and Shahidi are so ready for this. Shahidi wrote, "Can I please be the protegee that is only a cameo in the first movie, but who's [sic] character comes to fruition in the sequel?"


According to a post on Nyong'o's Instagram, unofficial titles for the "#TwitterInspired" film include Cashing In and BITCH BETTER HAVE MY MONEY. According to the same post, Nyong'o and Rihanna will star, while Rae writes and DuVernay directs.

There's so much black girl magic in this potential movie that we can't really handle it. Not to mention how Cashing In/BBHMM—even in nebulous idea form!—subverts the white male stereotype surrounding hacking, computer science, and financial independence.

So thank you, Twitter. This movie simply must be made. 

Top photo: https://twitter.com/blaquepink

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Olivia Loperfido is an English and psychology major at New York University's College of Arts and Sciences, and the junior editor of NYU's Mercer Street (2017-'18). She enjoys spending time with her dogs and tortoise, watching RuPaul's Drag Race, and contacting her state representatives. Follow her on Instagram here and contact her via email here



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