Rihanna Had a Cameo in the 2014 Movie Musical

Rihanna may be basking in pregnant glory and making her rounds in promotion of her Fenty Beauty and Savage x Fenty brands, but fans are waiting for more music from the singer. While she promises to release a new project sooner than later, fans can enjoy her previous music. And if they want more, she’s done quite a few jobs as an actress that fans can see her in. Rihanna even had a small cameo in the Annie remake.

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Rihanna at the 2014 Met Gala | Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

Rihanna had a small cameo in the remake of ‘Annie’

If viewers blink too hard, they may miss the Barbados-born star. She made a cameo in the 2014 remake as a character named Moon Goddess in a movie within the movie. She only had a few lines in the film. Her sole job was to open her mouth and reveal a blue tongue and fangs. 

The musical comedy is a remake of the 1982 theatrical classic starring Carol Burnett, and the 1977 Broadway musical of the same title. In the 2014 version, the setting changes from the Great Depression to the present day. Quvenzhané Wallis stars as Annie, with Jamie Foxx as Daddy Warbucks. Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale and Cameron Diaz also have roles. Diaz stars as Miss Hannigan, the orphanage manager. It was Diaz’s final film role before she retired from acting.

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Unlike the original, reviews of the film were harsh, with critics not taking a liking to it. While the film was praised for its diversity in casting, with Annie being played by a young actor of color, the storyline received the opposite attention.

A Variety review notes that the movie is “more of a facelift than an update, the pic dusts off some old songs, adds a few desultory stabs at new ones, and stuffs the frame with shiny upscale gadgets that scream ‘modern.’”

The singer has had larger roles

Though her role in Annie was minimal, Rihanna has done more on screen. She starred in the 2012 sci-fi action film, Battleship, named after the popular board game. In the movie, Rihanna plays Cora Raikes, a weapons specialist aboard one of the ships. Peter Berg, the film’s director, told GQ that he came up with the idea to cast Rihanna after he realized her acting skills from a skit she performed on Saturday Night Live. Rihanna found the project to be a challenge, later saying she took the part because she wanted to “do something badass.”

She became a child’s favorite character in the animated film Home. In the 2015 film, she lends her voice as the lead character Gratuity “Tip” Tucci, a teenage girl who befriends an alien who is running from his community. It grossed $386 million worldwide by the end of its theatrical run. 

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The “We Found Love” singer showed her versatility in an episode of Bates Motel. She played Marion Crane, a troubled secretary who played a role in the 1960 horror classic Psycho, which the overall series is based off of. Instead of modeling the exact same story, the episode modernized it a bit.

She’s also had roles or appearances in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, and Bring it On: All or Nothing, and Ocean’s Eight. While filming Battleship, she spoke of her desire to continue acting, telling one reporter, “I had a good time, I want to do more.”