Lizzo, Oscar winner? With this cast and this director, anything is possible.
It’s Lizzo’s world, we’re all just living in it.
The singer is capping off her stellar 2019, in which she released a chart-topping album and became the most talked-about person in music, by joining the outrageously good cast of Hustlers, the stripper revenge movie starring Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Cardi B and Julia Stiles.
The movie will serve as both Lizzo and Cardi B’s film debut, and considering their admirable twerking skills, we imagine that they will both be playing strippers in the movie.
Anyone versed in the lore of Cardi B, and at this point if you’re not then you should be taking a good hard look at yourself, knows that Cardi B started her career as a stripper.
She climbed the ladder, rung by rung, out of the strip clubs of New York and into reality television before crossing into the music industry. Now, she’s one of the most successful and decorated female rap artists of all time.
It’s only natural that Cardi B should cross over into the world of cinema, like singers Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez did before her. In fact, Lopez will be Cardi B’s co-star in her debut movie, a film that sound so unbelievably good, they better start polishing those Oscars now.
And the news has something poetic about it, too. In Cardi B’s debut movie, she is going to star as a stripper.
The movie is called Hustlers and is based on a story so juicy it could only be true.
The year is 2008. The global financial crisis is about to spew forth, and the mood in New York is dire everywhere but the strip clubs. There, it is business as usual.
Only, behind the scenes, there’s a network of dancers are running a scam to fleece their rich male clients for as much as they can fleece them for. They lure them into the clubs and start running up their credit cards, hoping that the client will be too embarrassed about the charges that he won’t make a scene about it afterwards.
For a while, the scam worked spectacularly well. Some nights, the women were taking in more than $50,000. The ringleader, whose name was Samantha, was driving luxury cars and buying herself Gucci shoes and Chanel Handbags.
Her co-conspirator, Rosie, was running a well-organised book system to make sure that everything was above board. They had a network of dancers and, on occasion, prostitutes, working for them. They saw themselves as reverse Robin Hoods: stealing from the rich and keeping all of those riches for themselves.
But the house of cards had to come tumbling down at one point. The women got greedy and started targeting bigger and bigger fish. Police reports were filed. Sometimes, they used drugs to make sure that their targets didn’t remember anything the next day.
Eventually, the ring was caught and imprisoned. Rosie informed on the group in the hope of a lenient prison sentence. When the police tried to suggest that the (male) strip club owners had made them do it, Rosie retaliated.
“Nobody put us up to anything!” Rosie told New York magazine, in the article upon which the film is based. “We are strong women who don’t f**king take s**t from nobody.”
So, now for the fun part. Who is going to play who in this delicious Widows meets Wolf Of Wall Street thriller? The movie, directed by female filmmaker Lorene Scafaria, has also named Constance Wu, Riverdale’s Lili Reinhart, singer Keke Palmer and Julia Stiles in their outrageously good cast, Deadline reports.
Lopez is definitely playing Samantha. As for Rosie, her business-minded co-conspirator, we think that role might be going to Wu. Cardi B, Lizzo, Reinhart and Palmer will make up the group’s network of key dancers. And Stiles? She’s playing the journalist Jessica Pressler, who first broke the story in New York magazine, serving up some Rachel McAdams circa Spotlight realness.
We don’t even care which actors might be playing the group’s unwitting marks. With a female cast this good, we know that it’s going to be a hit.
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