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On Tuesday, a photo surfaced showing Rihanna posing with Donald Glover, supposedly on a film set in Cuba, causing immediate speculation about the nature of the project. It was accompanied by a report from the Cuban culture magazine Vistar, claiming that the two performers were shooting a mysterious project called “Guava Island,” which would also feature actors Nonso Anozie, Letitia Wright and be directed by Glover’s long-time collaborator Hiro Murai.
For Rihanna’s rabid fanbase, who collectively have become experts tracking and dissecting her every move, there were plenty of tea leaves to read. The singer’s much anticipated ninth studio album – she was in the studio earlier this year – is expected to drop this fall. Meanwhile Childish Gambino (Glover’s rapping moniker) was just announced Monday as the featured performer at Rihanna’s Diamond Ball charity event on September 13.
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With the Cuban project appearing to be Rihanna-centric, Vistar showing photos of her in character on set of the “musical film,” the pop singers fans are convinced the project is a music video – tied to what promises to be a Rihanna-heavy fall – which Childish Gambino (Glover is shirtless in the photo, as he often is when performing under his rapping moniker) would appear in.
If “Guava Island” is a music video tied to Rihanna’s yet-to-be-announced new album, it will almost certainly be much bigger in scope than any normal music video – likely on par with Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” – and it would mean that the singer has hired Glover’s tight-knit “Atlanta” and “This Is America” team to make it for her.
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Sources tell IndieWire that Murai and “Atlanta” series cinematographer Christian Sprenger have been in Cuba for a good portion of the summer – Murai having started scouting in June, and with both halves of the “Atlanta” directing/cinematography duo on location prepping for...
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