Jennifer Lopez is assuming power as “The Cocaine Godmother.”
The actress and singer is leading up HBO Films’ project about Colombian drug matriarch Griselda Blanco, the network announced Wednesday. “I’ve been fascinated by the life of this corrupt and complicated woman for many years,” Lopez said in a statement. “The idea of teaming with HBO felt like the perfect fit for finally bringing Griselda’s story to life.”
The film focuses on the rise and fall of Blanco, the notorious drug lord who revolutionized the U.S. drug trade during the 1970s and 1980s, and became the most powerful female cartel member of all time. Blanco was arrested in 1985, but was eventually freed and deported to Medellín, Colombia. She was killed in a drive-by shooting in the city on Sept. 3, 2012.
Lopez starred in NBC’s freshman drama Shades of Blue, which debuted in January. The show was picked up for season 2 just after five of 13 episodes aired. She will executive produce with her Nuyorican Productions banner. LBI Entertainment will also produce the film.