Viral tweet set to become star-studded buddy movie

Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o at a Miu Miu fashion show in 2014 (Getty)
The photo that started at all: Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o at a Miu Miu fashion show in 2014 (Getty)

The internet can sometimes be a dark place, but sometimes it can also be the best place on Earth.

Twitter is celebrating after Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o are set to star together in a movie directed by Ava DuVernay, based on a one-off tweet which went viral.

The Grammy-winning singer and Oscar-nominated actor were pictured together at a Miu Miu fashion show in 2014, which a Twitter user then used as inspiration for a joke movie plot in April 2017.

"Rihanna looks like she scams rich white men and Lupita is the computer smart best friend that helps plan the scans," the tweet read.

It received over 96,000 retweets, and caught the attention of Nyong'o herself. Nyong'o responded to the tweet tagging in her pal Rih with "I'm down if you are @rihanna".

Rihanna then responded, tweeting "I'm in pit'z". 

Selma and Wrinkle in Time director Ava DuVernay put her hand up with this tweet. 

Now it's set to be a reality, after Netflix bid on the internet-created project, according to Entertainment Weekly.

It's not confirmed yet if the plot of the film will follow the original tweet.

Netflix are reportedly eyeing the film for a 2018 release after DuVernay has finished her adaptation of fantasy novel A Wrinkle in Time, The Guardian reports.

Ava DuVernay responded to the good news on Twitter, saying: "We deserve nice things".

Twitter has exploded with joy over its achievement.