Rihanna has been cast in a new Luc Besson-directed sci-fi movie.



The 27-year-old star - whose previous film credits include 'Battleship' and the animated sci-fi comedy 'Home' - has been cast in a "big role" in time-travel movie 'Valérian and the City of a Thousand Planets'.

The news was announced on Instagram by the movie's director, who said: "RIHANNA is in VALERIAN!!!!! ....and she has a big part!! I'm Sooo excited!!! (sic)"

The new sci-fi movie is based on a French graphic novel and will feature a star-studded cast, including the likes of Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen and Dane DeHaan.

Earlier this year, Rihanna's 'Home' co-star Jim Parsons heaped praise on the Bajan star, describing her as "an excessively warm person".

The duo appeared alongside each other in the computer-animated movie, in which she plays a pre-teen girl named Tip.

Recalling the experience of working with Rihanna, Jim shared: "It was wonderful. She's an excessively warm person, a very funny and quick-witted person.

"We had never met before, and I was taken aback at what a wonderful sparring partner she was, both in conversation and to work with, immediately."

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