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Rihanna Cast As Smurfette In Upcoming The Smurfs Movie

Rihanna has secured a new role in upcoming The Smurfs Movie, and not only will she provide the voice of Smurfette, but she will also record new songs for the film's soundtrack.

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.”

I'm not really big on animated movies, but I hope she'll do a better voicve over job than Beyonce when she played Nahla in the live action remake of The Lion King

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