Jennifer Lopez will produce and star in the drug lord drama “The Godmother. Lopez is also considering “The Godmother” for her directorial debut, according to a source close to the project.
“I’ve been forever fascinated by the story of Griselda Blanco and jumped at the chance to play her on screen,” said Lopez. “She is all things we look for in storytelling and dynamic characters – notorious, ambitious, conniving, chilling. In a genre dominated by legendary kingpins, I’m eager to shine a spotlight on this anti-hero and excited to partner with STX for the third time so we can bring this compelling, complicated story to life.”
The Godmother will reportedly follow Lopez as Blanco, who worked her way up the ranks of the male-dominated Colombian drug circuit, overcoming an impoverished childhood to become one of the most revered, powerful, and dangerous lords in the world known as “La Madrina.” In her prime, she was estimated to have a net worth of more than $2 billion, and she was an instrumental player in Miami’s deadly Cocaine Cowboy Wars that ravaged the Florida city from the 1980s through the early 2000s.
In 2012 at age 69, Blanco was shot and killed outside a Medellín butcher shop, after serving nearly two decades in prison on murder and racketeering charges.
Lopez was first announced to star in the film back when it was in development at HBO, though STX — where Lopez made her highest-grossing live-action showing of all time in the stripper drama Hustlers, which grossed over $100 million domestically on top of earning the actress-producer a Golden Globe nod — later acquired the film in July 2019. Lopez and her longtime producing partner Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas (Second Act, Hustlers) and her manager, Benny Medina, as well as Julie Yorn, will produce The Godmother, with Winter, Alex Pettyfer, Alex Brown, and Rick Yorn executive-producing.
A release date and further casting details for The Godmother have yet to be announced.