'Va­le­rian' di­rec­tor says Ri­hanna is fo­cused on set

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Di­rec­tor Luc Bes­son says get­ting Ri­hanna's team on board for her role in the sci-fi epic "Va­le­rian and the City of a Thou­sand Plan­ets" was a lit­tle painful at first. Ri­hanna's man­ager Jay Brown was a fan of Bes­son's films like "The Pro­fes­sional" and "La Femme Nikita" but they had to make sure they trusted Bes­son and his crew be­fore they com­mit­ted. The pop su­per­star co-stars in "Va­le­rian," out July 21, as a bur­lesque dancer named Bub­ble who per­forms in a seedy club owned by Ethan Hawke.

Although it's a rel­a­tively small part in the film star­ring Cara Delev­ingne and Dane DeHaan, it's al­ready be­ing hailed by early view­ers as a scene-steal­ing per­for­mance. Ri­hanna, who wasn't avail­able for an in­ter­view, was the di­rec­tor's first choice for the piv­otal role and he fig­ured it couldn't hurt to ask. She'd had a main role in the 2012 film "Bat­tle­ship" and the an­i­mated "Home," and cameos in "This Is the End" and "An­nie." He was sur­prised at how in­volved her team was at the out­set.

"They're very pro­tec­tive of her," he said "So be­fore you get in, you have to prove that you're hon­est and you're there for a good rea­son ... . It's a lit­tle painful at the be­gin­ning, but af­ter a while you go, 'Yeah, we get it.'" Once the Grammy win­ner's team de­cided to move for­ward, Bes­son said Ri­hanna "was lovely." "What was good was when she was on the set she's 200 per­cent fo­cused with you, no en­tourage, she's there. When she's there, she's there," Bes­son said.

"The prob­lem, some­times, is to have her there," the French di­rec­tor added with a smile, to which his wife and pro­ducer Vir­ginie Bes­sonSilla quickly jumped in and said, "No, no, she's was good!" "She was good," Bes­son agreed. "She was amaz­ing and so fo­cused. I was sur­prised by how much she was ready and open to the di­rec­tor ... She was at my ser­vice and I was sur­prised at the be­gin­ning. She was so gen­er­ous." — AP

— AP

This im­age shows Ri­hanna, who por­trays a bur­lesque dancer named Bub­ble, in Luc Bes­son's scifi epic, 'Va­le­rian and the City of a Thou­sand Plan­ets.'

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