Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Cast Announced for ‘The Smurfs Movie’ Featuring Rihanna

Barbadian singer Rihanna at the Fenty Beauty And Fenty Skin Celebration Hosted By Rihanna held at Goya Studios on February 11, 2022, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Xavier Collin/Image Press Agency/Depositphotos)

*Rihanna appeared at CinemaCon around this time last year to announce that she will voice the character of Smurfette in Paramount Animation’s “The Smurfs Movie.” 

“I tried to get the Papa Smurf role but It didn’t work out,” she said at the time, Variety reported.

We reported earlier that the mother of two will serve as a producer on the project and write and record original music for the feature.

During CinemaCon 2024, Paramount head Brian Robbins hailed RiRi as “the most legendary Smurfette ever.” During the studio’s panel on April 11, he also announced the star-studded cast set to appear in the Chris Miller-directed animated movie.

MadameNoire reports that the voice cast includes Octavia Spencer, Nick Offerman, Natasha Lyonne, JP Karliak, Dan Levy, Amy Sedaris, Nick Kroll, and James Corden.

Octavia Spencer
Octavia Spencer at the 2019 Directors Guild of America Awards at the Dolby Ballroom on February 2, 2019 in Los Angeles, CA (Depositphotos)

President of Paramount Animation Ramsey Naito told the 2023 CinemaCon crowd that the Smurfs movie will unpack themes of identity, asking the question, “What is a Smurf?” 

“Getting to do animation is a fun journey for me,” Rihanna said last year at CinemaCon.

“I’m usually front and center with everything with my likeness…but this was fun, I got to imagine, I got to show up in my pajamas in my third trimester, and be a blue badass,” she continued.

“I hope this gives me a little bit of cool points with my kids one day,” Rihanna added. 

“The Smurfs Movie” hits theaters Feb. 14, 2025.

Last month, Rihanna and her baby daddy, rapper A$AP Rocky, collaborated on a short film titled Born to Steal: Yours, Mine, Ours, as part of a new promotional ad for a Fenty Skin product.

The video debuted on the YouTube channels of Fenty Skin and Fenty Beauty. It features RiRi as a femme fatale. The narrator describes her as someone who enjoys “hoarding” clothes from unsuspecting men.

Watch the visuals for the noir-inspired ad below.

READ MORE: Rihanna Tapped to Voice Smurfette in ‘The Smurfs Movie’

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