Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu lead the impressive cast of the new film Hustlers, which follows a group of exotic dancers who plot to steal money from their rich Wall Street clientele by drugging the men and charging their credit cards. The film is based on the true story of a group of women in New York who were arrested following their years of stealing from clients, with their story going viral after it was covered by journalist Jessica Pressler in The Cut, played by Julia Stiles in the movie.
Lopez stars as Ramona, who is based on Samantha Barbash, the leader of the operation, while Wu plays Destiny, a woman modeled after Rosie Keo, whom Barbash took under her wing and eventually made her right-hand woman. The first-look trailer opens with Ramona giving Destiny a crash course in pole dancing, with Lopez showing off her fit physique (remember how she’s turning 50 in a week?). “The game is rigged,” her character says in the trailer. “And it does not reward people who play by the rules.”
Lopez and Wu share the screen and the stage with Lili Reinhart, Keke Palmer, Trace Lysette, Madeline Brewer, Lizzo and Cardi B, with all the women starring as members of Lopez and Wu’s self-described Robin Hood-style group. Hustlers marks the feature film debut of Cardi, who brings real-world experience to the set after having spent years working as a stripper in her native New York. Cardi even made headlines earlier this year when she admitted to drugging and stealing from her male clients on occasion, actions she says she’s not proud of, but felt were necessary at a time when she had no money.
Jennifer Lopez reportedly researched the role by visiting strip clubs with fiancé Alex Rodriguez, speaking to dancers to understand the ins and outs of working in the club scene. The singer, actor and dancer FaceTimed with The Tonight Show’s Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday night to celebrate the release of the new trailer, calling from backstage at the Mansfield, Massachusetts stop of her It’s My Party tour, which hit a snag on the weekend thanks to the NYC blackout.
Wearing a pink track suit, Lopez gave Fallon and his viewers a sneak peek of the trailer before it dropped at midnight. “It’s really a story about human nature,” said Lopez. “It’s about greed and desperation and what people do. It’s a really interesting movie. I’m really excited for people to see it.”
With the trailer looking more like Magic Mike than Showgirls, we’re excited to see it too. Hustlers is set to open in theatres in September.