Actress Jennifer Lopez To Star In HBO Film About Drug Lord Griselda Blanco

According to news reports everywhere, HBO is developing a film about notorious drug lord Griselda Blanco to be played by Jennifer Lopez.

Jennifer Lopez to star as Griselda Blanco in new HBO production. Photo: TMZ

Deadline reports:

The film, from Lopez’s Nuyorican Productions and LBI Entertainment, focuses on the rise and fall of Griselda Blanco (Lopez), the drug lord known as “The Cocaine Godmother” who revolutionized the U.S. drug trade during the 1970s and 1980s and became the most powerful female cartel member of all time.

Lopez will executive produce with Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas via Nuyorican Productions. Benny Medina also will executive produce with Julie Yorn and Rick Yorn for LBI Entertainment. Alex Pettyfer, Nuyorican Productions’ Priscilla Porianda and LBI Entertainment’s Patrick Walmsley will co-executive produce.

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

Lopez stars in NBC drama Shades of Blue, recently renewed for a second season, which she executive produces with Goldsmith-Thomas and Medina. Nuyorican Productions’ other credits include the Freeform series The Fosters and the Universal movie The Boy Next Door.

Will YOU be watching? I think Jennifer Lopez is a great actress and will do a fantastic job as the “Cocaine Godmother.” 

Some critics don’t seem to think “Jenny from the Block” has enough “street cred” to execute such a powerful role. Griselda Blanco was small in stature but she was BIG in her position. Another famous Latina name thrown into the hat of potentials to fill the role was Rosie Perez, whom I can totally see nailing the role as well. Or Sophia Vegara with enough makeup & weight. 

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see if “JLo” can pull her Colombian accent together enough to win over the people as “thee” Godmother Griselda Blanco. One thing is for sure, she’s got some big shoes to fill. I can’t wait to see how this turns out! 

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On Today: Diddy Was Acquitted Of NYC Night Club Shooting

  
It’s hard to believe it’s been almost 20 years since the now infamous NYC nightclub “incident” involving Diddy & his entourage. I remember it so vividly. Such a travesty and a reminder to be loyal to those who are loyal to you.

The shooting landed Puffy’s artist, Jamal “Shyne” Barrow, behind bars and some hip hop heads crying foul because Puffy seemingly distanced himself from the young “Bad Boy” artist once shit got real. Fans accused the bad boy mogul of leaving his artist on his own to fight the case and rot in prison.

Puffy’s mugshot. He was also arrested after fleeing the shooting scene and was chased by the cops. They found a loaded handgun under the front seat of the vehicle he was riding in

It all started one night in 1999:

On December 27, Shyne, along with Combs and his then-girlfriend, Jennifer Lopez, allegedly were involved in a high-profile shooting incident at a Manhattan club, which left three people injured and the 21-year-old rapper, whose debut album was pending release, facing charges of attempted murder, assault, and reckless endangerment. 

On today’s date in 2001, Puffy, thanks to his own “dream team” of high profile defense attorneys, including famed Johnny Cochran, was found not guilty of any charges.

  • Shyne was sentenced to 10 years. 
  • Jennifer Lopez decided she really wasn’t about that hip hop life & relinquished her “Jenny from the block” moniker & distanced herself from Puffy. The power couple soon broke up and she started dating Hollywood actor, Ben Affleck. 
  • Puffy went on to become Diddy and grow his Bad Boy enterprise into one of the most powerful conglomerates in hip hop & entertainment. 

Crazy.