The two stars were first reported to be working on a joint project back in August, with local media spotting Rihanna and Gambino – AKA Donald Glover – filming in Havana, Cuba. The film was later previewed with a trailer which was screened at Gambino’s PHAROS festival in New Zealand back in November.
It now appears that Guava Island – which will see Rihanna and Glover starring as lovers and partners in crime – could actually be released as a visual album in the near future. While a release date for the film itself has yet to be confirmed, a listing on cinematographer Christian Sprenger’s Artistry profile has appeared to reveal the nature of the project (H/T Crack).
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The résumé section on Sprenger’s site credits him as a Director of Photography on Guava, with the entry including the note “Visual album ft. Donald Glover (aka “Childish Gambino”)”. This has yet to verified by either Rihanna or Glover’s representatives, however.
Guava Island has been directed by Glover’s Atlanta collaborator Hiro Murai, and will also star Letitia Wright and Nonso Anozie.
Glover is expected to release what could be the final Childish Gambino album this year. He’ll also play two shows at London’s The O2 later this month ahead of a headline slot at Coachella next month.
Rihanna, meanwhile, is thought to be putting the finishing touches to her next record, with producer The-Dream revealing back in January that the singer is “super-close” to completing her next solo project.