Rihanna thanks Donald Glover for giving her Guava Island role

Rihanna has heaped praise on Donald Glover for “trusting” her with a role in Guava Island. The singer and Ocean’s 8 star began working with the Atlanta actor on the top-secret project in August (18), and the 56-minute musical film finally premiered at…

Rihanna has heaped praise on Donald Glover for “trusting” her with a role in Guava Island.

The singer and Ocean’s 8 star began working with the Atlanta actor on the top-secret project in August (18), and the 56-minute musical film finally premiered at the Coachella Music Festival last week (ends14Apr19) before streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Rihanna has stayed silent about the project for months, but on Wednesday night, she opened up about the film for the first time and thanked Donald, who also goes by the stage name Childish Gambino, for casting her as his love interest Kofi Novia.

“Wow! the response to #GuavaIsland has been quite overwhelming,” she wrote on Instagram. “So happy you guys felt the beauty in this film! @childishgambino you are a true gem to the culture. I’m so proud of you and the work you put into making this film. I felt how close this was to you and your entire team! Thank you for trusting me with this role! It was the greatest experience being in Cuba, phones off, present with life and art! It was humbling! I loved watching every second of it!”

She accompanied the message with a clip of Donald’s character Deni Maroon serenading Kofi with a romantic song on the beach.

The project was first revealed in August when pictures of the duo shooting the film in Havana, Cuba surfaced online, and it was only officially announced when a teaser clip from the movie premiered at Donald’s PHAROS Festival in New Zealand.

Announcing the film’s release on Amazon, the 35-year-old previously said in a statement, “I’m really humbled having the opportunity to present something this timely and timeless. Between Rihanna and the people of Cuba, this is one of my favourite projects I’ve ever worked on.”

The film, which also stars Black Panther’s Letitia Wright and Game of Thrones’ Nonso Anozie, marks the feature directorial debut for Hiro Murai, who directed Childish Gambino’s award-winning music video for This Is America.

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Donald Glover and Rihanna’s Guava Island to briefly stream for free

Donald Glover and Rihanna’s new movie Guava Island will briefly stream for free on Amazon Video.Back in August 2018, the stars began work on the secret project in Cuba, with Glover’s Atlanta and This Is America video collaborator Hiro Murai directing, …

Donald Glover and Rihanna’s new movie Guava Island will briefly stream for free on Amazon Video.

Back in August 2018, the stars began work on the secret project in Cuba, with Glover’s Atlanta and This Is America video collaborator Hiro Murai directing, and Black Panther’s Letitia Wright and Game of Thrones actor Nonso Anozie also involved.

Previously, it was announced that Guava Island would premiere at the Coachella festival in Indio, California on Thursday (11Apr19), one day before Glover’s alter ego, Childish Gambino, is due to take the stage at the event.

The film will screen throughout the festival in a “specially-constructed” theatre, and on Wednesday, executives at Amazon Studios also revealed that Guava Island will be broadcast on Amazon Prime Video on 13 April from 12.01am.

It will be available to stream for free for the first 18 hours in more than 200 countries, after which it will be only accessible for Amazon Prime Video subscribers. The movie will also stream on Twitch starting at 5 pm.

Details about the plot of the film remain under wraps, though a short trailer, which originally premiered at the PHAROS festival in New Zealand in November, is now available to view online.

In a short statement, Glover shared his excitement over the project – which is described as his “idea of freedom.”

“I’m really humbled having the opportunity to present something this timely and timeless. Between Rihanna and the people of Cuba, this is one of my favourite projects I’ve ever worked on,” the Solo: A Star Wars Story actor said, while Murai added: “Guava Island is the end result of four incredible weeks spent in Cuba with some of the most inspiring creative talents I’ve ever met. Designers, performers, musicians, and filmmakers came together from all over the world to create this crazy fever dream of a production.”

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