Jennifer Lopez to Star as Deadly Assassin in ‘The Mother’ for Netflix, Niki Caro in Talks to Direct

Rebecca Rubin
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Jennifer Lopez is set to star in the upcoming Netflix film “The Mother.” Niki Caro, who recently helmed Disney’s “Mulan” remake, is in talks to direct.

“The Mother,” which Lopez will also produce, centers on a deadly assassin who comes out of hiding to protect the daughter she gave up years before. “Lovecraft Country” showrunner Misha Green is writing the screenplay, with current revisions by Andrea Berloff (“Straight Outta Compton”).

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Along with Lopez, Elaine Goldsmith Thomas is producing for Nuyorican Productions, as well as Green, Benny Medina and Roy Lee and Miri Yoon for Vertigo Entertainment.

As Variety reported in December, Lopez is teaming with Netflix for another film, an adaptation of the bestselling book “The Cipher.” She will also produce and star in the movie, centering on an FBI agent who finds herself drawn into a serial killer’s strategically designed cat-and-mouse chase.

Lopez has numerous films in the works, including Universal’s romantic comedy “Marry Me” with Owen Wilson, STX’s crime drama “The Godmother” and Lionsgate’s “Shotgun Wedding,” which recently garnered headlines for the departure of her co-star Armie Hammer. Josh Duhamel is being eyed to replace Hammer in the lead role.

Caro’s credits include “The Zookeeper’s Wife” and “Whale Rider.”

Green recently set her directorial debut with the next installment of MGM’s “Tomb Raider” franchise starring Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft. In addition to HBO’s series “Lovecraft Country,” Green also created the historical drama “Underground,” which featured Jurnee Smollett and Aldis Hodge and centered on the Underground Railroad in Antebellum Georgia.

Deadline first reported the news.

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