Donald Glover and Rihanna’s ‘Guava Island’: Here’s What We Know
Headlining the Coachella festival on Friday night apparently is not enough for Donald Glover. The actor and musician, who performs as Childish Gambino, will also release “Guava Island,” a long-rumored movie that Glover and Rihanna filmed over four weeks in Cuba.
[Read about our first look at the project.]
Directed by Hiro Murai, a frequent collaborator with Glover on the series “Atlanta” and the Grammy-winning video for “This Is America,” “Guava Island” will debut at Coachella on Thursday in a specially constructed theater, according to a news release. It will be available to stream for free on Amazon for 18 hours, from 3 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, and will then remain available for Prime Video members.
It will also stream on Twitch at 8 p.m. on Saturday and will continue to be shown at Coachella throughout the festival, the release said.
“Guava Island” also stars Nonso Anozie (“Game of Thrones”) and Letitia Wright (Shuri in “Black Panther”) and was written by Glover’s brother, Stephen. The secretive project has been the subject of speculation since last summer, when a photo of Glover and Rihanna was posted online. Other than another image posted by Glover and Amazon’s short trailer, little is known about the movie’s contents; a report in Vanity Fair described it as “an hourlong, music-driven film” inspired by the 2003 movie “City of God,” set in Brazil, and by Prince’s “Purple Rain.”
“I’m really humbled having the opportunity to present something this timely and timeless,” Glover said in the release. Murai called the shoot a “crazy fever dream of a production” over “four incredible weeks spent in Cuba,” the release said.