Forget J Lo the rom-com queen, the "Shotgun Wedding" star is, instead, switching it up as a deadly assassin in Netflix's "The Mother." The action-thriller finds Jennifer Lopez's character coming out of retirement to protect the daughter she gave up years before — by any means necessary. But did we mention she's also on the run from some extremely dangerous men?
Per the teaser trailer Netflix released during its Tudum fan event on Sept. 24, Lopez's character is nothing to play with, as the clip opens with her doing pull-ups in a tank top in the middle of a snowy winter. (Sheesh!) Deadline previously described the film as having "the spirit of the Luc Besson[-directed] classic 'The Professional'" — the 1994 film about a 12-year-old girl who wants to become a hitman after her parents are murdered by a corrupt DEA agent.
"The Mother" is part of Lopez's multiyear production deal with Netflix. She recently released a documentary with the streamer, "Halftime," that chronicles her Super Bowl halftime show with Shakira, Oscars campaign for "Hustlers," and performance at the 2021 presidential inauguration. Lopez is also set to star in a Netflix murder-mystery adaptation of the best-selling book "The Cipher" by Isabella Maldonado.
"The Mother" is directed by Niki Caro with its screenplay written by "Lovecraft Country"'s Misha Green. Watch the first teaser trailer for the deadly thriller above, and read ahead for everything else we know about it.
"The Mother" Cast
The action-thriller stars Lopez, Joseph Fiennes, Omari Hardwick, Lucy Paez, Paul Raci, and Gael García Bernal.
"The Mother" Release Date
Though an exact premiere date has yet to be announced, Netflix revealed that the film will be available sometime in May 2023.