March 15, 2017


Rihanna Not Starring in Music Drama 'Annette' With Adam Driver: Update

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UPDATE (3/16): It turns out Rihanna is not starring in the upcoming Annette movie, a rep for the pop star confirmed to Pitchfork. They claim Variety's report was false.

(Original Story, 3/15): Rihanna continues to thrive as a Hollywood superstar, as Variety reports the artist will star in new film Annette alongside Adam Driver. The music-filled drama will be helmed by cult French director Leos Carax (Holy Motors) and will be his English-language debut.

Amazon Studios has reportedly acquired the U.S. and Canadian distribution rights to Annette. '70s art rock band Sparks (yes, the Sparks of "This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us" fame) have written the script that includes original songs. According to Deadline, the movie focuses on "a widowed stand-up comedian and his two-year-old daughter who has a surprising gift."

Rooney Mara was previously attached to the project, but had to exit due to conflicting commitments. Annette will begin shooting this spring and does not have a set release date yet. Rihanna's upcoming roles include A&E's Bates MotelValerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and Ocean's Eight. Driver will reprise his role as Kylo Ren/Ben Solo in Star Wars: The Last Jedi (out Dec. 15).

Next up, watch a baby Rih reflect on life in Barbados before fame in this 2006 Fuse interview: