Jennifer Lopez has made a name for herself in both the music and film worlds. While many of her film roles have been in romantic comedies, Lopez has often flexed her acting chops. Notable examples include 2015's Lila & Eve as well as 2019's Hustlers. Lopez has shown a great versatility in her acting across her numerous roles. She can do funny, she can do serious, but can she do action?
She appears set to add another non-comedic role to her resume in 2023. This comes after a light-hearted 2022, marked by Marry Me and Shotgun Wedding. Additionally, she also appeared in a documentary about her iconic 2020 Super Bowl halftime show. However, she turns to the action genre for her next role.
Lopez headlines Netflix Thriller "The Mother"
Jennifer Lopez takes the lead role in the upcoming Netflix film, The Mother. Directed by Niki Caro (The Zookeeper's Wife, Mulan), the film portrays Lopez as a former assassin simply known as The Mother. She must reunite with the daughter she once abandoned in order to protect her as specters of her past chase her down. It is set to be a violent, globe-spanning quest for the estranged pair as Lopez's character looks to finally put her past behind her. It is the first of two Netflix roles for Lopez, who will also feature in the upcoming science-fiction thriller Atlas.
The trailer, released on April 12, highlights the film's serious tone and impressive stunt work. The one-minute teaser showcases car crashes, foot chases, and Lopez's impressive physique. Also set to star, although not heavily featured in the trailer, are the likes of Joseph Fiennes, Omari Hardwick, and Gael García Bernal. Fiennes is showcased as the primary villain, sporting distinctive burns on his face. The film is set to follow in the footsteps of the "protect the vulnerable" action subgenre. Netflix found modest success with 2020's Chris Hemsworth-led Extraction. The trailer promises to bring audiences a gritty and determined Lopez in a role unlike any other she has played. We can also expect plenty of suspense thanks to writer, and Lovecraft Country showrunner, Misha Green. The Mother is set to release on Netflix on May 12.