Jennifer Lopez To Play Real-Life Drug Lord In ‘The Godmother’, Reed Morano May Direct

Penned By 'The Departed' Screenwriter

Even before Hustlers became a smash hit for Jennifer Lopez and STX, they were already looking to stay in business together. Last summer, Lopez sought to make her directorial debut with The Godmother, in which she’d play Colombian drug lord Griselda Blanco. That film is now moving forward, and while Lopez won’t be directing, one can hardly argue with who may be taking over.

Reed Morano, who recently directed action-thriller The Rhythm Section, I Think We’re Alone Now, and episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale, is in talks to direct Lopez in The Godmother. Lopez will be Griselda Blanco, aka “The Cocaine Godmother”, head of the Medellín Cartel and leader in the Miami cocaine trade of the 1980s through the 2000s.

The script was originally written by Regina Corrado (Deadwood: The Movie) and Terence Winter (The Sopranos), but will get a rewrite by William Monahan, Oscar-winning writer of The Departed.

So there’s talent all over the place here, and a role that promises Lopez another fierce performance. Whether this one will get her on the Oscar stage, as Hustlers surprisingly failed to do, is something we’ll have to wait and see. [Deadline]

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Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.

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