Rihanna and Donald Glover are both massive forces in the entertainment industry. Along with her incredible music –Rihanna also has her wildly successful beauty brand, Fenty Beauty and her lingerie line, Savage x Fenty. That hasn’t stopped the Bajan stunner from also dipping her toe into movies. She’s appeared in everything from the adorable animated film Home to the heist comedy, Ocean’s 8.
If there is one person in Hollywood who can match the Anti singer’s grind –it’s Atlanta creator, Donald Glover. Known for his music persona Childish Gambino, the cult class Community, and his turn as Lando Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story —there’s nothing Rihanna or Glover can’t do. Therefore, everyone was thrilled last year when random photos of the pair shooting some sort of movie began to appear on Al Gore’s internet. Here’s what we know about Guava Island.
What is Rihanna and Donald Glover’s new movie, Guava Island about?
Written by the Atlanta creator’s brother Stephen Glover and directed by Hiro Murai– Guava Island is a tropical thriller set in Havana, Cuba. The film’s short and very secretive description reads, “On Guava Island, a local musician is determined to throw a festival for everyone to enjoy.” We’re just going to take a wild guess and assume the “musician” is Glover and Rihanna plays some stunningly beautiful woman that he couldn’t dream of getting close to. The film also stars Black Panther breakout star, Letitia Wright. Vanity Fair was able to scour up some more details about Guava Island. They reported,
[Guava Island] is a music-driven hour-long film shot largely in secret in Havana that is inspired by Fernando Meirelles’s Brazilian crime drama City of God and Prince’s Purple Rain. New Regency took a meeting with Glover in February 2018 when he first had the idea and they immediately said yes. Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke decided to plunk down a hefty chunk of the e-tailer’s change to distribute the film based on her watching a four-and-a-half minute sizzle reel via a one-time viewing link that expired 30 minutes after she received it.
Where can you watch Guava Island?
You can catch Guava Island (but most Rihanna) this weekend. The film will premiere on Amazon Prince this Saturday, April 13, 2019. It will be free from 12:01 a.m. to 6 p.m., after which it will be available for Prime members. The film will also debut on Coachella’s live stream.
Vanity Fair reports, “..the team was drawn to New Regency as its producing and financing partner and to Amazon as its distribution partner, specifically the online retailer’s willingness to release the mini-movie in front of its paywall and via the Coachella livestream.”
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