What worked 20 years ago for Jennifer Lopez is clearly coming back in style, so why wouldn’t Bennifer’s Principle hold true for her film career?
Yes, two decades after captivating audiences in “Enough,” the multi-hyphenated entertainer is returning to his roots with “The Mother,” an upcoming action-packed Netflix flick from “Mulan” director Niki Caro.
Lopez stars in the film as a deadly assassin who “comes out of hiding to protect the daughter she abandoned years ago while on the run from dangerous men,” according to the official synopsis.
The trailer, which was released at the company’s Tudum fan event on Saturday, opens with the actor flexing his physique while doing pull-ups on a remote cabin in the woods. Like many hardened killers before her, Lopez’s character seems to live entirely off the grid, readying her mind, body, and stockpile of ammunition for a fight.
When her daughter is abducted, she’s thrown back into the action, as we see flashes of her weaving through the city streets, dodging bad guys on snowmobiles and generally going into “mama bear” mode.
“You saw what was there,” Lopez told her on-screen daughter, played by Lucy Paez. “It will keep coming.”
“The Mother,” which was co-written by “Lovecraft Country” showrunner Misha Green, also stars Omari Hardwick, Paul Raci, Gael Garcia Bernal and “The Handmaid’s Tale” alum Joseph Fiennes as very scarred villain.
The film is the first feature under a partnership that Lopez’s Nuyorican Productions recently formed with Netflix, according to Variety.
Lopez previously collaborated with the streaming service on the documentary “Jennifer Lopez: Halftime,” which took an intimate look at her decades-long career in music, fashion and film. She can next be seen in Amazon’s upcoming romantic comedy “Shotgun Wedding” alongside Josh Duhamel, Lenny Kravitz and Jennifer Coolidge.
“The Mother” is set to hit Netflix in 2023. Watch the trailer below.