Jennifer Lopez has signed on to star as an assassin in new Netflix project, The Mother. Niki Caro, who recently helmed Disney’s live-action reboot of Mulan, is in talks to direct. Lopez will also produce.
The film revolves around a deadly assassin who comes out of hiding to protect the daughter she gave up years before. Lovecraft Country showrunner Misha Green – who just signed on to make her feature directorial debut with MGM’s Tomb Raider sequel – is penning the screenplay, while Andrea Berloff (Straight Outta Compton) is also on board.
This isn’t the only project Lopez and Netflix are collaborating on. Back in December it was reported that the multi-faceted star is also teaming with the streaming giant for an adaptation of bestseller The Cipher. There, Lopez will star as an FBI agent who finds herself drawn into a serial killer’s strategically designed cat-and-mouse chase.
While neither of these projects sound hugely original on paper, Netflix will be banking on Lopez’s star power to draw in viewers. And in the case of The Mother, hopefully Caro’s directing talent can elevate the project.
Netflix has become the purveyor of these sorts of thrillers, churning out many per year. It’s almost a surprise Lopez isn’t on board to star in a sci-fi actioner, another genre the platform has routinely churned out content in.
Lopez also has many other projects in the works, including Universal’s romantic comedy Marry Me alongside Owen Wilson, crime drama The Godmother, and Lionsgate’s Shotgun Wedding.