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Hustlers | Sept 13th, 2019 | STX | Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu | 25th Most Profitable Movie of 2019

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https://variety.com/2018/film/news/jennifer-lopez-hustlers-annapurna-pictures-1202896296/

 

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Jennifer Lopez is set to star in Annapurna Pictures’ “Hustlers.”

 

Lorene Scafaria is directing the film, which is inspired by a New York Magazine article by Jessica Pressler entitled, “The Hustlers at Scores.” The piece details a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients. Lopez will play ringleader to the group of ambitious women who take their plans of getting their full cut too far.

 

Scafaria’s script takes place in the late aughts of New York City in the wake of the financial crisis and explores the toll it took on the livelihood of the dancers who relied on their Wall Street clientele.

 

“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,” Scafaria said. “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.”

 

 

Annapurna and Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gloria Sanchez are producing, with Scafaria co-producing. Lopez and producing partner, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, will executive produce, along with associate producer Alexandra Brown.

 

“There is no other actor who could embody this raw and dynamic character with such complexity, humanity and intelligence,” Scarfaria said. “It’s always been her. She’s f—ing Jennifer Lopez.”

 

 

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https://deadline.com/2018/10/jennifer-lopezs-hustlers-also-departing-annapurna-in-addition-to-roger-ailes-project-1202479404/

 

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EXCLUSIVE, UPDATED with more info: STX has acquired the Jennifer Lopez Hustlers project, which was cut loose by Annapurna earlier in the day. At the same time, Crazy Rich Asians star Constance Wu has joined the cast.

 

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I am super stoked by this pairing and by the director's resume.

Also, like I mentioned in the other thread, I don't want this to be turned into a cutesy romcom (although the two stars' being Jlo and CWu ( :D might prompt the studio to ask for just that. I actually wish this was directed by someone like Patty Jenkins or Stephen Frears.

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https://deadline.com/2019/03/cardi-b-lili-reinhart-keke-palmer-julia-stiles-constance-wu-jennifer-lopez-hustlers-1202578260/

 

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STX is pulling together an intriguing cast for upcoming movie Hustlers, we can reveal.

 

Joining Constance Wu (Crazy Rich Asians) and Jennifer Lopez (Second Act) will be music star Cardi B in her feature debut, Lili Reinhart (Riverdale), Keke Palmer(Scream Queens), Julia Stiles (Silver Linings Playbook) and Oscar-winner Mercedes Ruehl (The Fisher King). Mette Towley (Cats) and Trace Lysette (Transparent) are in negotiations to join the film.

 

Writer-director Lorene Scafaria’s (The Meddler) movie, inspired by a 2016 New York Magazine article, follows a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.

 

Shoot will begin on March 22, 2019 in NYC. STXfilms is producing alongside Lopez, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Benny Medina, who previously collaborated with STX on 2018 rom-com Second Act, as well as Adam McKay, Will Ferrell and Jessica Elbaum for Gloria Sanchez Productions.

 

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