Jennifer Lopez is back in action on the big screen, and she’s playing the ultimate mama bear. After an incredible year filled with love and happiness as she married her beau Ben Affleck following a reunion 20 years after their original split, the actress is starring in the upcoming Netflix film The Mother. J.Lo’s fans will get to see their queen return to all her acting glory in the action thriller The Mother, the first installment of the star’s 3-movie deal with Netflix.
The first teaser was revealed on September 24, and Jennifer’s latest film looks like one epic drama. Last February, a super small tease of the film was included in Netflix’s 2022 Movie Preview Trailer, where Jennifer can be seen on a fishing boat in a remote location, where she looks at the camera and says, “Tonight is movie night.”
Before that “movie night” happens, let’s take a deep dive into The Mother. HollywoodLife has rounded up everything you need to know about Jennifer’s highly-anticipated movie, including the release date, cast, and more, below.
What Is The Mother About?
The synopsis from Netflix reads: “Years ago, a deadly assassin was forced to go on the run, which forced her to give up her only daughter. Years later, the female assassin returns her order to protect her daughter from some extremely dangerous men.”
The action-packed thriller is said to be “in the spirit of the Luc Besson classic The Professional,” according to Deadline. That sounds about right, as The Professional saw a former assassin teaching his hitman craft to a young girl (Natalie Portman in her star-making role).
The Mother Release Date
There is no set date yet for the premiere of The Mother. However, the first teaser revealed that the movie will debut in May 2023.
Who Is In the Cast?
J.Lo is the main star with her deadly assassin character. The daughter she is risking it all to protect is being played by newcomer Lucy Paez, who was last seen in Silencio, according to Variety. Omari Hardwick, who starred in Zach Snyder’s Army of the Dead, will be taking the role of an FBI agent. The Handmaid’s Tale star Joseph Fiennes will be playing one of the bad guys, as well as Gael García Bernal, star of such hits as Y Tu Mama Tambien, Bad Education, and Mozart in the Jungle, Rounding out the cast is Paul Raci, who recently starred in Amazon’s Sound of Metal.
What Team Is Behind The Project?
Lovecraft Country creator Misha Green wrote the original screenplay with revisions by Straight Outta Compton‘s Andrea Berloff, per Deadline. The Mother will be directed by Niki Caro, known for Disney’s Mulan remake, The Zookeeper’s Wife, and Whale Rider. Jennifer is also acting as producer alongside Elaine Goldsmith Thomas for Nuyorican Productions.
The Mother Footage
The first teaser of The Mother premiered during Netflix’s TUDUM event on September 24. The opening moments feature Jennifer training for the fight of her life. “She needs protection right now,” Jennifer says. There are glimpses of J.Lo on the run, out in the middle of the snowy wilderness, and more. “If there’s trouble, come find me,” Jennifer says in the trailer’s final moments.
What To Watch While You Wait
As The Mother sounds like a gritty tale, why not revisit some of Jennifer’s other dramatic movies while waiting for the premiere? Check her out in Hustlers, The Boy Next Door, and her star-making turn alongside George Clooney in 1998’s Out of Sight.