Rihanna Joins The Acting World Again

by Jennifer Still

I feel like I'll be in a nursing home before Rihanna's new album, Anti , finally comes out. We've been waiting for what feels like years and there's still no release date, which is frustrating, but will hopefully be totally worth it when we actually have new Rihanna jams in our hands and on our speakers. However, it seems like the delay of Anti's arrival isn't necessarily because it's not finished, but that the singer's got bigger things on her plate. One of those things is definitely her new film project, as it was announced on Wednesday that Rihanna has joined Luc Besson's sci-fi thriller Valerian, based on the 1970s graphic novels of the same name.

This isn't Rihanna's first foray into the acting world. Last year, she voiced Gratuiti 'Tip' Tucci in the DreamWorks animated feature Home (as well as contributing a new song, "Towards The Sun", to its soundtrack), and I think we all remember her role in 2012's Battleship, based on... well, the board game. Besson announced Rihanna's involvement with Valerian via his Instagram page, and while the details are scarce on her exact role, it's going to be a big one, and that's definitely something worth looking forward to.

Valerian, slated for a July 21, 2017 release, it follows a pair of agents for the Galaxity organization named Valerian and Laureline. They've traveled space and time, but a great tragedy occurs that wipes out both their home planet and the organization and they're forced to navigate the universe alone. That's putting it simply, and Valerian is actually a deeply rich collection of stories that are perfect for adapting to the big screen. Given that the movie has been given a $180 million budget, something tells me it'll be an absolutely epic sci-fi adventure — and it'll be perfect for Rihanna.

Rihanna's an all-around badass in her day-to-day life, that much is sure, and her past role in Battleship shows that she's got what it takes to transfer that attitude to the movie world. And while Battleship was set here on earth, it's safe to say that Rihanna can take the adventure that space will bring with no trouble. I can't imagine anything better than seeing her in a fight with a group of aliens with, like, laser guns or something is kind of my dream come true. I know, I have weird dreams.