'Guava Island': Release date, plot, cast, trailer, news and everything else about the Rihanna-Glover secret project
The movie will trail the life of a musician in Cuba who fights against the hardships of life to bring together people for a music festival
Donald Glover proved his potential to spread awareness in a generation, whose attention span is of the size of a fly, by creating content which is at once engaging, informative, and extremely entertaining. Hence, it wasn't a surprise when almost a year back a picture of Glover and Rihanna was leaked on the internet, immediately creating the buzz that the two were working on a secret project. After a year of immense secrecy in order to give themselves the freedom to create original content, Glover's and Rihanna's project, 'Guava Island' is set to premiere on Amazon Prime Video.
While the project has been kept underneath the shroud, teasing us with merely a few glimpses now and then, here's everything you need to know about 'Guava Island':
Amazon Studios announced on Wednesday that New Regency’s "tropical thriller" 'Guava Island', starring Glover, Rihanna, Nonso Anozie, and 'Black Panther' star Letitia Wright will drop on Saturday, April 13 at 12:01 am PT and will be available to stream for free without an Amazon Prime subscription here until 6 pm on Saturday.
Due to the anonymity about the movie, there isn't much information on what exactly the plot is. However, a brief description of the film states, "On Guava Island, a local musician is determined to throw a festival for everyone to enjoy." Glover himself has stated, "I'm really humbled having the opportunity to present something this timely and timeless. Between Rihanna and the people of Cuba, this is one of my favorite projects I've ever worked on."
Ever since the picture from Havana was leaked, with Rihanna smiling and Glover appearing rather stoic, it was clear that the two singers would lead the cast. However, it was soon revealed the film would also include 'Black Panther’s Letitia Wright and actor Nonso Anozie.
Glover received global recognition for his work in the FX series 'Atlanta' where he stars and occasionally directs. For his work on 'Atlanta', Glover won various accolades, including Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, and Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy and Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy. However, he came to the attention of a younger generation with his alter ego, Childish Gambino, when he released the song and video for 'This Is America', which debuted at number one on the Hot 100, in 2018. Glover also lends his voice for the adult Simba in Disney's live-action, 'The Lion King'.
Glover is joined in directing the movie by his collaborator director Hiro Murai. Murai was the one to direct Glover's 'This is America' video which was praised for its socially concerned content and hard-hitting comic execution. In 2016, he has also directed several episodes of the comedy-drama 'Atlanta', and his most notable works include internationally successful music videos for artistes other than Childish Gambino, such as Earl Sweatshirt, Chet Faker, Flying Lotus, David Guetta, St. Vincent, The Shins.
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im going to be showing “Guava Island!” on saturday for free after my performance.— donald (@donaldglover) April 11, 2019
You can watch it here @ https://t.co/kJT2Rf8LF1
Written by Stephen Glover and based on a story by Royalty, the movie is an expansion of Glover’s idea of freedom. It was back in 2018 when a sudden leaked out image of Rihanna and Glover started the rumor about a secret project. However, Glover gave fans what they wanted when he debuted a trailer for 'Guava Island' at his three-day music and V.R. festival, PHAROS, in Auckland, New Zealand. A fan managed to record the footage on his phone, and that became the first trailer of the movie. However, as the team was shooting in Cuba which still does not have as good connectivity as the US, it was able to maintain a real-life communal experience in real time.
You can check out the fan's trailer of the movie, however the resolution isn't clear enough.
Fortunately, although not a trailer, there certainly is an official teaser which was released on Instagram. The teaser shows Rihanna and Glover, who are set to be partners on the movie dance to some Cuban beats as the rest of the clips sort of sum up the journey of Glover's character to create a music show:
There are some pictures, but then again they aren't clear enough. However, Glover himself had posted a shot on his Twitter account which seems to be a captured moment on the movie:
There is also a trippy poster of the movie for Amazon's premiere:
Where to watch:
Thanks to the deals Glover and New Regency made with Amazon, the movie will go wide on Amazon Prime for free for 18 hours beginning at 12:01 am PT on Saturday. It will also stream on Amazon’s Twitch platform, once at 5 pm PT on Saturday, while simulcasting on Coachella’s YouTube Channel.