Brace Yourselves, A Rihanna Documentary Is Coming This Year


by Katie Rosseinsky |
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Fresh from her scene-stealing turn in Ocean’s Eight earlier this summer, Rihanna’s next big screen appearance will come courtesy of a new feature length documentary, promising an ‘unfiltered look’ into her life and career.

The as-yet-untitled project was first announced back in 2015, and was filmed throughout the following year, when Rihanna was working on her album Anti. Though the documentary’s future seemed a little uncertain after running into delays, director Peter Berg has finally confirmed that it should be finished as soon as ‘a month and a half, two months’ from now.

‘I think she’s an extraordinary young woman and it really is kind of a pretty comprehensive profile of what goes into making her this talent that she is,’ Berg, who cast the singer in her first film, 2012’s Battleship, told Slash News. ‘The work ethic, the talent, luck, the hustle, the vision. She’s a really, really interesting woman.’

Berg has previously described the film as ‘an unfiltered look into Rihanna’s life and how she’s ascended to become a global icon,’ examining ‘a young artist at the top of her professional field.’ It’ll reportedly be ‘much more a character study than a musical film.’ He’s also cited 1967’s acclaimed Bob Dylan documentary Don’t Look Back as a major influence.

News of this upcoming release, coupled with the speculation that Rihanna is currently at work on a new project with Donald Glover in Cuba (rumoured to be anything from a new music video to a full blown film titled Guava Island), plus the on-going success of her Fenty Beauty and Savage lingerie lines serve to underscore what we've long suspected: that RiRi is the hardest working woman in music.

Look back at Rihanna's style transformation in the gallery below...


Rihanna's Style Transformation - Grazia

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Back in 2005, Rihanna would team low-rise boyfriend jeans with a gaudy halterneck. Oh the Noughties! Oh our eyes! What an incredible time for casual dressing.

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Remember the time Rihanna took style pointers from 'Ender's Kat Slater? Well, you do now.

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Rihanna returns after a break in music in 2009 with an edgy haircut (which was to be replicated by millions) and a mannish tux.

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Rihanna begins to step outside her comfort zone in a daring assemble that she is known for today. With big, burgundy hair and a mesh length frock, we adore this award-ceremony look.

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Rih goes gothic with a plunging bandeau bralet and a fishtail mesh skirt to match.

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It's 2012, and Rihanna is back looking hella classy with a fantastic blend of dangerous. Oh and we are obsessed with the honey-hued lob.

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It's the 2014 Grammy awards and Rihanna opts for a shimmering yellow, floor-length evening gown, playing homage to her Caribbean roots.

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Another bold sartorial choice from Rihanna. The star went to a Los Angeles dinner wearing nipple pasties, a draping white skirt and fishnet stockings. Definitely not one for the shrinking violets amongst us.

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Rihanna fashion outfit

Oooh the wrath of teenage rebellion! Rihanna goes full goth whilst unveiling the artwork for her album 'ANTI'.

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Rihanna fashion outfit

Here is Rihanna at the 2015 Met Gala wearing that cape, which afterwards inspired hundreds of memes, including one that compared her assemble to a 'spilled omelette'. We are obsessed.

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Rihanna fashion outfit

In 2015, Rihanna teams a Celine dress with Nike kicks and gives a whole new meaning to 'Sports Luxe'.

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Rihanna fashion outfit

Rihanna turns up to Coachella in a floor-length violet fur coat, a beautifully parred-down purple lip and clashing Doc Martens.

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Rihanna fashion outfit

Any devotees to the pyjamma trend take note, as RiRi wears nightwear as outerwear like a pro.

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Rihanna fashion outfit

The Wild Thoughts singer waltzes around New York in a gorgeous salmon-pink assemble which screams 'Barbie paradise'. In a good way, of course.

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Rihanna contrasts a printed floor-length smock dress with a bold lip and biiig hair.

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Rihanna fashion outfit

During the 2016 Tidal Event, the songstress wears a boob-skimming blazer co-ord with white ankle boots.

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Rihanna fashion outfit

Rihanna channeled her inner-princess side at her Fenty Beauty launch by wearing a lilac tulle dress by Molly Goddard.

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Rihanna fashion outfit

Bad Gal RIRI quite literally turned the fashion world on it's head, by rocking up to the 2017 Met Gala in Comme des Garçons assemble. Outfit or art? We are torn.

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Rihanna fashion outfit

Rihanna gives a new meaning to athleisure in neon pink tracksuit and a contrasting sky-blue sports bra.

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Rihanna fashion outfit

One of the most iconic looks from Ms Fenty, to date. When asked by Laverne Cox what gave her the courage to wear the sheer Adam Selman dress to the CFDA Awards in 2014, she said: “Dear Laverne, I took advantage of my t***ies before they go south. I saw my window, and I took it.” Hear hear.

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Rihanna fashion outfit

Rihanna oozes attitude, despite wearing a ruffled, polka dot dress to the Kid's Choice Awards in 2010.

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Rihanna fashion outfit

The songstress never been one to shy away from head-turning stage outfits. Here she is in an ab-skimming, gold detailed tracksuit, that is definitely too showy to wear to your morning pilates class...

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Rihanna fashion outfit

The Take A Bow singer paid homage to a young Britney Spears at the 2005 World Music Awards. Though kudos for rocking a skirt brighter than Harper Beckham's future .

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Rihanna fashion outfit

2006 Rihanna ups the glam-factor in a simple, but oh-so stylish nude dress. Princess-esque and almost a little too perfect from the Wild Thoughts singer.

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The songstress was spotted at the 2006 Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards wearing er, spots! Oh and fuchsia pink leggings which we all can admit to wearing at one point...

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Rihanna fashion outfit

Once upon a time, Bad Gal Ri Ri would coordinate her oversized knit, baker cap and tights. There is hope for us all.

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Rihanna fashion outfit

A wholesome Rihanna rocked up to the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards wearing white skinny jeans (remember those days?) and a teeny weeny sequin-encrusted waistcoat. She had the Island-girl image nailed.

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Define Noughties fashion in one picture? Denim skirt - check. Lace-detailed cami - check. Metallic cowboys - check. Rih Rih looks every inch a R&B artist of 2005.

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Rihanna fashion outfit

Rihanna plays it safe with a black LBD and stilettos in 2007.

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One of Ms Fenty's most low-key looks to date. The lipstick connoisseur plays it safe with a black LBD and simple accessories. Miles away from her 'fur coat, no bra' aesthetic ten years on.

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Rihanna wears a glitzy bodycon dress and perfectly permed tresses to the 2006 MTV awards.

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