Jennifer Lopez is set to star in salsa story. Marc Anthony is in discussions to play her husband in a biopic

By Brian Hiatt
Updated June 25, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT
Jennifer Lopez: Nancy Kaszerman/ZUMA Press/NewsCom

Maybe J. Lo isn’t such a diva after all. The singer/actress’ newest project will be a biopic of a salsa star, but she won’t play the singer — instead, she’ll play his loyal wife, according to Variety. The project, which will detail the turbulent life of salsa icon Hector Lavoe, may end up teaming Lopez with fellow singer Marc Anthony, who’s in discussions to play Lavoe, Variety reports.

Lopez won’t really be on the sidelines in the untitled flick, since she’ll serve as the project’s producer. Don’t expect a lighthearted romp: Lavoe was a drug addict who suffered from depression, and his son died in a shooting accident, according to Variety. Lavoe died in 1993; Lopez, who’s also appearing in Kevin Smith’s ”Jersey Girl” with Ben Affleck, will play the singer’s still-living widow, Nilda Roman Perez.

Anthony, a modern-day salsa star himself (his former manager also worked with Lavoe), is best known as the voice behind such hits as ”You Sang to Me,” but he has plenty of acting experience. He’s appeared in movies including Martin Scorsese’s ”Bringing Out the Dead,” and starred in the ill-fated Paul Simon musical ”The Capeman” — which even J. Lo couldn’t have saved.