Rita Ora will star in the sixth installment of the Fast and the Furious series, aptly titled, The Fast and The Furious 6. Even IMDB is stumped as to how this thing hasn’t died yet, but instead managed to rake in more and more cash. The 2013 film will be Ms. Ora’s big screen debut—unless you caught her in the 2004 U.K. crime flick, Spivs—and her unnamed character is a role apparently once coveted by none other than Rihanna. According to the U.K.’s The Sun, Ora charmed her way through auditions enough to leave casting directors comfortable offering her the part instead of the nomadic RiRi.
She’s had a busy year, with no signs of slowing down come January. So like her pseudo-big sister Beyoncé, we understand the need to let certain things go. But these career desicions aren’t nearly that simple when played out in the tabloids. Shouldn’t Rihanna be so mad that Rita took a part that was supposed to be hers? What would Jay-Z think? “At first Rihanna thought Rita’s ‘copycat’ act was sweet,” a source tells The Sun. “But she kicked off after seeing the red dress Rita wore to the [EMAs]. The umbrella prop annoyed her too.” As if anyone would even think to even look at an umbrella after Rihanna’s dedicated her best song to the foul weather accessory.
We’re all for feuds, both legitimate and for PR purposes, but to us there’s no reason Rihanna should bat a heavily-mascared eyelash about this alleged copycat. If you need further proof to help you distinguish between the Bajan and the West Londoner, join us for a little “Rihanna/Rita” refresher, below. Hint: Only one has 12 No. 1 singles.
Rihanna: Ri made her big screen debut in 2012′s Battleship, which wasn’t great in theory or practice.
Rita Ora: The Fast and the Furious 6 won’t win her an Oscar, but it might cut her a nice-looking paycheck.
Rihanna: Friday Night Lights alums Taylor Kitsch and Jesse Plemons hopefully taught Ri how to play American football.
Rita Ora: Ora can run lines with quintessential ’90s supporting player turned action hero Paul Walker and Vin Diesel, who still has the power to become a Twitter meme.
Rihanna: She’s hit the athletes (Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp and J.R. Smith of the New York Knicks) maybe had a fling with Drake, and might be together with, um, He Who Shall Not Be Named.
Rita Ora: Luxury sock empresario, Rob Kardashian. Although her heart belongs to Bruno Mars.
What’s wrong with your left eyes, guys?
Given the evidence, we think you still have the edge, RiRi. No need to worry about your place atop/adjacent to The Throne. But if she plans a seven-day tour to seven cities around the world, gifting hungry and tired journalists with perfume, socks and conflict-free diamonds, you’re officially welcome to throw a fit.