Rihanna made her big screen debut in 2012′s summer flick Battleship, but has she been avoiding working with Tyler Perry under the advice of the late Whitney Houston?

Sources say that Tyler Perry has been scouting Rihanna to star in one of his romantic comedies for quite some time, but Rihanna’s been avoiding meeting with the director because Whitney Houston once told her that Tyler’s films were for African-American has-beens!

“Although Tyler has been courting Rihanna for a year and a half, hoping to build a movie around her, she has rejected the idea,” a source close to the star’s business affairs told RadarOnline.com.

“Rihanna has pointedly avoided meeting with him!”

The source alleges that the two met at a party right before her death in 2012 and Rihanna asked Whitney’s take on Tyler’s movies.

“Whitney put her off Tyler by warning her bluntly that ‘Tyler’s films are for fading black stars, not rising ones,’” the source said.

“Rihanna so respected Whitney because in addition to being one of the biggest pop stars ever, she starred in hit movies such as The Bodyguard.”

Not to mention, Rihanna feels it’s in her best interest to stick to blockbuster films with lots of action.

“She’s ruling out doing a Tyler Perry-style romantic comedy because she thinks she works better in action roles, playing the tough girl.”

[via Radar Online]