Donald Glover Offers First Look at Secret 'Guava Island' Project With Rihanna

Donald Glover as Childish Gambino and Rihanna -Split- Getty-H 2018
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The actor shared footage of the collaboration during his PHAROS Festival in New Zealand over the weekend.

Donald Glover over the weekend treated attendees of his PHAROS Festival in New Zealand to a first look at his secret project with Rihanna. The first footage of the mysterious project — titled Guava Island — debuted at the event and quickly circulated on social media.

The teaser shows Glover singing and strumming a guitar while his apparent love interest (played by Rihanna) quietly enters the room to watch him play. Later, things take a turn as Glover's character runs around a city, performs in other places and then ends up being taken hostage.

Glover says in the clip, "We live in paradise but none of us actually have the time or the means to live here."

Guava Island is directed by Hiro Murai — who also helmed Glover's politically charged music video for "This Is America," which he released under his musical moniker, Childish Gambino — and was reportedly shot in Cuba. Labeled a "Childish Gambino Production" in the preview, Guava Island also stars Nonso Anozie and Black Panther breakout star Letitia Wright.

In a recent cover story interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Wright suggested that details surrounding Guava Island will remain shrouded in mystery until its official premiere. "I can't tell you anything," the actress said with a smile. "I don’t even know ... what is Guava Island? I have no clue. I don’t know anything. I don't even know where they got my name from!"

It was first reported in August that Glover and Rihanna were filming something together when images from their Guava Island shoot leaked online. Since then, neither artist has posted anything about the project on their respective social media channels.

Watch social media footage of the Guava Island teaser here.