Jennifer Lopez, Ben Affleck to Collaborate on New Movie

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez attend a photograph name for a screening of “Marry Me”
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Reunited — at dwelling and at work! Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez are set to collaborate on their first film challenge in practically 20 years.

The Hustlers actress, 53, is slated to star in an upcoming biopic titled Unstoppable, which can be produced by Artists Fairness, the manufacturing firm that her husband, 50, cofounded with Matt Damon. The movie will inform the true story of Anthony Robles, a wrestler who was born with one leg.

The couple, who tied the knot final yr, haven’t formally collaborated on a film since 2004’s Jersey Lady, which was directed by Kevin Smith. Previous to that, they starred in 2003’s Gigli, a box-office bomb which is now thought-about one of many worst movies of all time.

The “Get Proper” songstress and the Argo director met whereas filming Gigli and received engaged in 2002 after sparking a romance on set. After calling off their deliberate September 2003 nuptials, the duo known as it quits in early 2004.

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck Will Collaborate on 1st Movie Together Since 2004's 'Jersey Girl'

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck in ‘Jersey Lady’
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Final yr, Lopez joked that she’d be blissful to make a Gigli sequel if given the prospect whereas talking to Vogue for the outlet’s “73 Questions” video collection. When requested who makes her snigger probably the most between takes, she replied, “My husband, Ben.”

Whereas Gigli was panned upon launch, Affleck mentioned that the movie was truly an awesome studying expertise for him when it got here to directing his personal motion pictures. “Curiously, I discovered extra about directing on that film than the rest as a result of Marty [Brest] is an excellent director, actually gifted,” the Massachusetts native informed Leisure Weekly in January 2022. “It’s not prefer it’s worse than all … there’s a bunch of horrible motion pictures and by way of shedding cash, I’ve had 5 motion pictures — a minimum of! — which have misplaced more cash than Gigli has.”

The Justice League actor added that he was grateful the film launched him to Lopez. “If the response to Gigli hadn’t occurred, I in all probability wouldn’t have finally determined, ‘I don’t actually have every other avenue however to direct motion pictures,’ which has turned out to be the true love of my skilled life,” Affleck defined. “So, in these methods, it’s a present. And I did get to fulfill Jennifer, the connection with whom has been actually significant to me in my life.”

Although the couple haven’t labored collectively on a film since 2004, they starred in a Dunkin’ industrial for Tremendous Bowl LVII that parodied Affleck’s love of the espresso chain. “What are you doing right here?” Lopez requested within the clip after pulling as much as get a drink on the drive-thru window. “Is that this what you do if you say you’re going to work all day?”

Earlier this month, Affleck revealed that Lopez unofficially helped him with the script for his upcoming film Air, which tells the story of how Nike satisfied Michael Jordan to collaborate with the model on his sneaker line.

“Jen gave me some nice strains too — it simply began getting higher,” the Good Will Searching screenwriter informed The Hollywood Reporter in an interview revealed on Thursday, March 16. “Oh, my God, she’s sensible. She is extremely educated about the best way style evolves by means of the tradition as a confluence of music, sports activities, leisure and dance. She helped me in speaking about the best way by which part of the explanation why Jordans had been so significant is as a result of tradition and elegance in America is 90 p.c pushed by Black tradition.”