Rihanna is fast becoming one of the most highly sought-after actresses in Hollywood. Aside from her role in Bates Motel, the pop star will also appear on the big screen alongside Cara Delevingne in the anticipated sci-fi movie Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. While some are still dubious about her participation, director Luc Besson only has good things to say about RiRi. Read below.
Rihanna, A Superstar
Many pop stars are making the transition from music to the big screen and Rihanna leads the pack. The multi-Grammy-winning singer/performer has a number of acting creds on her resume. For one, she bagged the role of Marion Crane, the popular character from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho in A&E’s Bates Motel. In 2018, she will also join Anne Hathaway, Sarah Paulson, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett in the all-female Ocean’s Eight. But before that, she will be an alien performer in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.
In an interview with Besson, the director explained why he chose the Anti singer for the role. The man behind Lucy and The Fifth Element revealed that he specifically wanted Rihanna to play the role because of the performer’s voice, her smile and the way she carries herself. “She plays stadiums with 100,000 people,” he told EW. “You know that girl isn’t shy about the camera and the crew and all this.”
But even if the 29-year-old is a diva onstage, Rihanna is humble and open to criticism as an actress. Besson boasted that the singer wanted to learn and become a good actress. The director added that she was willing to do anything he required to make a good movie.
Moreover, he assured that Rihanna will get more than 20 minutes of screentime in the movie. The actress already debuted her new role in the trailer released in November last year. She was shown as a performer who can transform her appearance with literally a drop of a hat. Watch below.
Valerian and the City of Thousand Planets Movie Details
The sci-fi movie is based on a graphic novel titled Valerian and Laureline written by Pierre Christin and illustrated by Claude Mezierres. It stars Dane DeHaan as Valerian and Delevingne as Laureline, space-and-time-travelling agents. Clive Owen, Kris Wu, Ethan Hawke and Johnny Goodman also appear. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets will open on July 21.
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