JLo To Play an Assassin in Netflix Film ‘The Mother’

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JLo may keep having to reschedule her wedding plans but she sure knows how to stay busy! She has been cast as the lead in the just announced Netflix project, The Mother.

Jennifer Lopez will play a deadly female assassin who comes out of hiding to protect the daughter that she gave up years before, while on the run from dangerous men. Sources who have spoken to Deadline have said that the film is in the spirit of the Luc Besson classic The Professional and that Mulan director Niki Caro is in talks to direct.

The Boricua superstar recently revealed that the pandemic made her re-evaluate her priorities, which included not being able to see her parents and her family’s health. “It became the number one thing that we, in a way, took for granted for so long,” JLo tells PEOPLE. “Not being able to see my mom and dad as much as we wanted, we didn’t spend the holidays together–different things like that where you realize health is the number one most important thing in our lives, so it became a huge priority.”

Her parents, like her fans, have surely delighted in JLo’s non-stop announcements which are keeping her busy and creating. After performing for President Joe Biden’s inaugural, the “Love Don’t Cost A Thing” native celebrated the 20th anniversary of both her sophomore album and the anniversary of The Wedding Planner, which she briefly reunited with co-star Matthew McCanaughey to discuss via Instagram Live.

And although JLo has many projects on her plate now, including a new beauty line, and two additional films, she says she has realized that time is precious.

“That time is precious and, besides health, probably the most important thing that we have, so we’re going to keep a lot of those things going,” JLo states. “But also realizing that there were a lot of things we could get done from home, and that we don’t have to travel as much, even though my work involves a lot of travel. I realized that there’s some things I could cut out and things I could do to give me more time with my family and my kids, which I think was a blessing.”