Rihanna and Donald Glover film Guava Island confirmed by surprise trailer

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The trailer premiered on 24 November at Childish Gambino’s Pharos festival in New Zealand.

This weekend, the first trailer for forthcoming film Guava Island was released at Glover’s second annual Pharos festival. Described as an action movie, the project sees the two musicians co-star as both boyfriend and girlfriend and partners in crime.

Long-time Gambino collaborator Hiro Murai serves as director, and Letitia Wright and Nonso Anozie play supporting roles. While the trailer has not officially been released, online footage of its screening at the festival has found its way onto Twitter.

Clips from the film promise a fast-paced crime flick in an island setting. Playing a closeted musician unable to reconcile his creative passion with the stresses of trying to get by, Glover’s character muses: “We live in paradise but none of us have the time or the means to enjoy it.” In Ferris Bueller style, he goes on an impromptu adventure after deciding not to turn up to work, saying, “We work hard, we deserve a day off. We’re just taking what’s ours.” From here, chaos ensues with sequences of Glover being kidnapped, performing onstage, dancing and running away.

The surprise trailer confirms rumours that began circulating in August that Glover and Rihanna were working on a film together in Cuba. In September, Glover announced that the This is America tour would be his last as Childish Gambino, leading some to speculate that with Guava Island he is moving away from music to focus on his acting career.

The second edition of Pharos, described as “an immersive, multi-sensory concert experience” took place on 23-25 November near the major New Zealand city of Auckland.