Musicians crossing over to movies can fall on such wide spectrum. On the “OH GOD MY EYES” end is Mariah Carey‘s individual assault on the medium of film in Glitter, while on the virtuoso end is the Thin White Duke himself, David Bowie, enigmatic and otherworldly in The Prestige.
Whilst we’re not entirely sure where the next film staring a musician will fall on this spectrum, we can’t exactly contain our excitement at the fact that a feature length documentary on Rihanna is in the works. Although she has previously starred in two other documentaries, 777 and Half of Mine, she is perhaps (unfortunately) known best movie wise for her brief foray onto the big screen in Battleship; a film which could be politely described as a film that did indeed exist and was seen by some people.
Somewhat unsurprisingly, Battleship director Peter Berg will help the documentary, most likely forgoing his usual tropes of extended fire fights, armies, and Mark Wahlberg being a badass. According to Refinery, Berg says the film will be akin to the 1967 documentary Don’t Look Back, which focused on Bob Dylan‘s early life and career. Berg goes on to say that he envisions the film being “more a character study than a music film”.
As per the film’s website Film45: “Follow this true international superstar as she navigates life as an artist, businesswoman, and humanitarian, while contending with the inherent pressure of artistic freedom. Peter Berg’s Rihanna is an unfiltered look into Rihanna’s life and how she’s ascended to become a global icon, providing a glimpse into the evolution of one of the world’s most well-known pop artists. ”
Rihanna is currently on the ANTI world tour, while Mr. Berg is currently in post production on the Mark Wahlberg versus an oil-rig film, Deepwater Horizon.
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