Jennifer Lopez is a woman of numerous talents, going all the way back to her audition for In Living Color. The Nuyorican actress is a beauty maven, world-class performer, television and movie star, and now we can add stripper to the list.
It’s been announced Lopez will lead the Annapurna Pictures film Hustlers, a story based on Jessica Pressler’s New York Magazine article, “The Hustlers at Scores.” Lopez is set to play the “ringleader” of a group of former exotic dancers determined to fleece the wealthy men they used to perform for. The movie is set to be directed and written by Lorene Scafaria and look at the women’s lives during the early 2000s at the height of the financial crisis. When describing the film Scafaria hopes to present an “empathetic look” at the gender roles between men and women, and how “the rules of the club are the rules of the world.”
This is another new turn in the career of Lopez, who is coming off the last season of her NBC drama Shades of Blue. Working alongside Scafaria, who’s previous features Seeking a Friend for the End of the World and The Meddler were unique takes on stereotypical genres, is exciting. The plot sounds reminiscent of another movie about a heisting girl gang, this year’s Ocean’s 8, and if we can get some flashy stripper clothes and money, we should have a good time. Considering Lopez modeled her “I’m Glad” music video back in 2002 on Flashdance – another movie about a stripper having to hustle – dare we hope for some more references this time?
Hustlers does not currently have a release date.