Rihanna has teamed up once again with director Anthony Mandler for the singer’s forthcoming “Man Down” video. Having just released their sun-drenched, dreamy clip for “California King Bed,” the duo will shift gears for this video.
“We’ve done 16 videos together; they’re not all tough,” Mandler said when asked about what fans can expect from the new clip. ” ‘If I Never See Your Face Again,’ ‘Hate That I Love You,’ ‘Take a Bow’… Yeah, I mean, I’m known for the ‘Disturbia’s and the ‘Russian Roulette’s and things like that, but ‘Only Girl (In the World)’ is certainly an ethereal kind of empowering, beauty-filled video and what we’re coming with next … is certainly gonna flip people’s minds with ‘Man Down.’ “
Mandler didn’t give too much away, but he did reveal that this clip will have her fans talking once it does premiere.
“We shot the video last month in Jamaica and it’s my favorite song she’s ever recorded, so I was really excited to get involved,” he said. “And it’s just one of those songs that demands a strong narrative and visual, and let’s just say she let me go all the way. So I think you can expect something that’s dramatic and shocking and intense and emotional and uplifting and enlightening.”
The reggae-tinged tune tells the story of a young woman who guns down a man and is seeking some forgiveness for her actions. So, will Rihanna wield a firearm in the clip?
“Without saying too much, if you’re looking for a narrative you’re not going to be disappointed,” Mandler shared. “Just know that it’s going to be exciting.”