The Sun claims that RiRi lost her shot at playing a villain in the next instalment of the action franchise because of a schedule clash.
A source said: "Rihanna impressed movie bosses with her role in Battleship. But schedules didn't work out and Rita really shone during castings. They loved her look and her attitude."
Now 21-year-old British star Rita will star alongside Vin Diesel and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in the film, which is scheduled for release next year.
The Sun also suggests there's tension between Rihanna and Rita over the latter's similarities to RiRi.
The source continued: "At first Rihanna thought Rita's 'copycat' act was sweet. But she kicked off after seeing the red dress Rita wore to the VMAs. The umbrella prop annoyed her too."
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