August 11, 2016


Jennifer Lopez To Star as Drug Lord Griselda Blanco in HBO Film

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Jennifer Lopez has landed yet another major role that may be her grittiest one yet. The Hollywood Reporter reports the diva will star as notorious druglord Griselda Blanco in an upcoming HBO TV film.

The untitled project is currently in development and will focus on Blanco's (a.k.a. "The Cocaine Godmother") rise in the U.S. drug trade during the '70s and '80s. The late kingpin became the most powerful female cartel member of all time, and was later shot in 2012 in her home country of Columbia.

“I’ve been fascinated by the life of this corrupt and complicated woman for many years,” Lopez shared in a statement. “The idea of teaming with HBO felt like the perfect fit for finally bringing Griselda’s story to life.”

The actress will also executive produce through her Nuyorican Productions company. No other cast members have been revealed yet. The role follows Lopez's current stint on NBC's Shades of Blue and follows previous film appearances in Home and Ice Age: Collision Course.

As we wait for more details on the HBO project, check out our list of the biggest TV moments of the year so far.