JLo Set to Track Down Serial Killer in Upcoming Netflix Movie Based on ‘The Cipher’

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Jennifer Lopez (Hustlers) and Netflix are adapting Isabella Maldonado’s bestselling book The Cipher as a movie.

According to Variety, Lopez will star in and produce the thriller about an FBI Special Agent named Nina Guerra, who is tracking a serial killer who kidnapped her as a teenager years ago. Lopez will play Guerra, who is lured into a dangerous online game the killer starts to play with her by leaving codes and riddles on social media about his crimes.

Lopez is no stranger to playing law enforcement characters. She starred as corrupt detective Harlee Santos for three seasons on the NBC series Shades of Blue. She also played a transit cop in 1995’s Money Train, a U.S. Marshal in 1998’s Out of Sight and a police officer in 2001’s Angel Eyes. In the 2000 psychological horror film The Cell, Lopez plays a child psychologist who teams up with the FBI to enter the mind of a serial killer via experimental technology.

Before writing books, The Cipher author Isabella Maldonado was an FBI agent herself. She was the first Latina at the FBI National Academy in Quantico to earn the rank of captain. Maldonado retired as the commander of the Special Investigations and Forensics Division after 22 years of service.