Rihanna is returning to the big screen. Director Luc Besson, the man behind Lucy, announced via Instagram that the singer has been cast for his upcoming sci-fi movie, Valérian and the City of a Thousand Planets. The film is set to release on July 21st, 2017.
The film stars Cara Delevingne, Dane DeHaan and Clive Owen. Based on a French graphic novel set in the 28th century, it explores the concept of time travel. There’s no word yet on what role Rihanna will play, but Besson wrote that “she has a big part.” This will be Rihanna’s third big film role. She starred in this year’s Home and in 2012’s Battleship alongside appearances in 2014’s Annie and 2013’s This is the End.
Rihanna has been readying her long-anticipated eighth album, Anti. She recently revealed the cover art, featuring original paintings by artist Roy Nachum. The cover depicts a child wearing a gold crown that covers its eyes and a message written in braille. “He sees things beyond the surface, which is why we even decided to collaborate,” Rihanna said of the artist. “It felt like there was another spirit, another layer to the art. After we met, we talked about what I wanted visually, what would make me the happiest girl in the world. This is my favorite album cover ever.” A release date for Anti has yet to be announced.