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The battered pop star made an impromptu trip to the Big Apple over the weekend to have some meetings about impending projects: one of which is a proposed remake of 1992’s Whitney Houston/Kevin Costner flick, “The Bodyguard.” Rihanna would be taking on Whitney’s role in the updated version, which an insider says would be a “young and sexy take” on the favorite film. “GI Joe” hottie Channing Tatum’s name has been bandied about to take on Costner’s role.
“Before the situation with Chris, Ri was getting a lot of scripts. She’s been wanting to do movies for a while now,” our insider reveals. In addition to a proposed “Bodyguard” remake, Rihanna is also considering working on a “Charlies Angels” sequel, as well as potentially starring alongside Justin Timberlake, with whom she released her hit single “Rehab.” Rihanna’s camp denied the songstress has taken any meetings with any directors, producers or production companies.
In addition to talking about her acting career, Ri is working on her new album, which will be released by year’s end. Two new tracks have already been cut - “We Own the Night” and “Pretty Girl Blues.”
Unfortunately, Rihanna has no plans to write or produce her own tracks at the moment. Another person who will not be earning writer/producer credits on the forthcoming album in R&B artist Ne-Yo. “Ne-yo’s been talking about Ri and Chris, which has really hurt her feelings. She thought they were cool with each other.” (Reps for both singers denied their talent had an issue with each other.)
Ne-Yo has been vocal about his feelings on Rihanna’s relationship with boyfriend Chris Brown, who was arrested for assaulting the pop princess back in February. “I spoke to Rihanna. She says she’s fine. She didn’t go into detail about what happened...I understand it’s a painful situation; I didn’t push,” he told MTV.
In the meantime, Rihanna is surrounding herself with other friends who are more careful with what they tell the media. On Friday night, Rihanna joined longtime mentor Jay-Z and his wife Beyonce for a quiet dinner at the Spotted Pig.
The following evening, Ri was back in the West Village for a late dinner at Da Silvano. “Rihanna was dining with five friends and a security guard,” an eyewitness tells us. “It was a bit odd - she was wearing sunglasses inside at 11 PM - like that was going to stop people from noticing her!” Our spy hastens to add, “But you know, Rihanna really looked good. She seemed happy - like she’s finally healing.”
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