Annapurna Pictures has announced that Jennifer Lopez will star in "Hustlers," a drama about former strip-club employees in New York City who band together to get revenge on their wealthy Wall Street clients. Lorene Scafaria is directing the movie, which is inspired by Jessica Pressler's 2015 New York magazine article "The Hustlers at Scores." The "Hustlers" movie is set in the late 2000s when the banking crisis led to scandals and ruined finances.
"Hustlers" is expected to be released sometime in 2019. Gloria Sanchez Productions and Annapurna are producing the film, which will have Scafaria as a co-producer and Lopez and Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas as an executive producer.
Scafaria commented In a statement: "The film is an empathetic look at women and men, our gender roles, what we're valued for, what we've been told is our value in every movie, TV show, every corner of culture. Men have been told they're worth the size of their bank accounts. Women have been told they're worth the symmetry of their faces, their bodies, their beauty and that's what this film is based on. The rules of the club are the rules of the world."
She had this to say about casting Lopez in the starring role: "There is no other actor who could embody this raw and dynamic character with such complexity, humanity and intelligence. It's always been her."
"Hustlers" is the third feature film directed by Scafaria. She previously directed 2016's "The Meddler," starring Susan Sarandon and Rose Byrne, and 2012's "Seeing a Friend for the End of the World," starring Keira Knightley and Steve Carell.
"Hustlers" is one of many projects that Lopez has taken on this year. She's currently filming the second season as a judge on the NBC talent contest "World of Dance." Lopez is set to complete her two-year Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood on Sept. 29. And on Nov. 12, her comedy film "Second Act" arrives in theaters. Lopez is also prepping to executive produce and star in the NBC musical special "Bye Bye Birdie Live," which is expected to premiere sometime in 2019.
Lopez also continues to grow her business in the fashion and beauty industries. In 2018, she became a spokesmodel for Guess, and she launched her first line of cosmetics with Inglot.
As previously reported, Lopez will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards, which will take place Aug. 20 at New York's Radio City Music Hall. Lopez will perform a medley of her hits at the show, where her "Dinero" video, featuring DJ Khaled and Cardi B, is nominated for Best Latin Video and Best Collaboration.