Rihanna to Star as Smurfette in Upcoming ‘The Smurfs Movie,’ Will Also Record Original Songs for the Soundtrack

Rihanna has been cast in the voice role of Smurfette in a new live-action hybrid ‘The Smurfs Movie’ from Paramount Animation.

via Page Six:

The superstar made a surprise in-person appearance at CinemaCon, the annual convention of movie theater owners, to make the announcement on Thursday.

“I tried to get the Papa Smurf role but It didn’t work out,” the singer joked on stage at Caesar’s Palace Hotel and Casino. Appearing with Paramount Animation head Ramsey Naito, it was revealed that Rihanna will star, write and record original songs, and produce the upcoming projects. Clad in a stonewash denim cape, she also confirmed she is her third trimester of pregnancy with her second child.

The film, according to Naito, will explore themes of identity and ask the central question, “What is a Smurf?”

Rihanna previously lent her voice to the DreamWorks animated feature “Home,” which grossed over $380 million at the worldwide box office. Her live action screen credits include “Battleship,” “This Is the End,” “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” “Ocean’s 8” and “Guava Island.”

Based on comic books by the Belgian artist Peyo, the tribe of little blue creatures previously enjoyed a modern film franchise at Sony Pictures, which kicked off over a decade ago. Director Raja Gosnell (“Scooby-Doo”) made two live-action hybrid films starring Neil Patrick Harris and voices including Julia Roberts, Katy Perry, Hank Azaria, and Joe Manganiello.

The film is set to hi theaters on February 14, 2025. Pam Brady wrote the script, and Chris Miller will direct.

In addition to the “Smurfs” reboot, the upcoming Paramount Animation slate includes: Seth Rogen’s take on “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”; a new adventure for “SpongeBob Squarepants”; and another ride for “Paw Patrol.”

If Rihanna’s in it, we will be watching!

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