Hustlers is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated new movies this year. Led by Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu, this Ocean’s 8 meets Magic Mike hybrid centers on a group of strippers who dupe their male clients out of thousands. That premise is already enough to hook me, but get this: J.Lo and Wu are starring alongside Lili Reinhart, Keke Palmer, Cardi B, and so many more of your faves. And you won’t have to wait long for it to come out, either. Find out the release date, and some more details about the movie, below.
It drops on July 17, but in the meantime the cast dropped these mini-clips to get us excited. Check them out, below:
The release date:
On Monday, April 15, Lopez took to Instagram to announce the release date for Hustlers: September 13. “Thass right ? SEPTEMBER 13. @hustlersmovie coming to a theater near you,” she posted. For context: The movie only started shooting in March, so this is a fast turnaround.
Based on the 2015 New Yorker article “The Hustlers at Scores,” Lopez’s movie centers on a group of strippers who scam their slimy wealthy clients out of thousands of dollars.
Not much is known about specific characters right now, but the actresses involved in this project are phenomenal. Julia Stiles is playing Jennifer, the journalist who uncovers this scheme (based on Jessica Pressler); Lopez is playing Ramona; Constance Wu is playing Daisy; Madeline Brewer is playing Dawn; and Cardi B is playing Serena. Lili Reinhart and Keke Palmer are also involved, though their character names are unknown. Lizzo announced on Wednesday, April 24, that she’s also joining the cast.
That being said, the cast members have shared so many pictures on social media from behind the scenes. Check out just a few of their uploads:
Palmer posted this Instagram Story video selfie, which included Lopez, Wu, and Reinhart:
The vibes: This movie is going to be op-u-lent. Lopez’s hairstylist, Frank Galasso, shared this behind-the-scenes snap of “Ramona.”
And the other characters have just as extravagant looks. Paparazzi snapped Wu, Lopez, and Brewer on set, and their style transformations tell a story all their own:
The stripping scenes are making Lopez feel vulnerable:
“It’s a nightmare thinking about being up there. I’m exposing myself, let’s say, in a way, emotionally and physically more than I’ve ever done in a movie,” she said on the Elvis Duran Z00 Morning Show in April 2019. “And I’ve done love scenes and this and that, whatever, but not like I was up there like that. I take seczy pictures and all that kind of stuff. I’ve done videos that are very seczy…. It’s not that, but this is a different mentality and so as an actress it’s a scary…for me, it’s not scary, it just makes me nervous.”
The movie is going to pack an emotional punch:
We know this based on what Stiles said recently at the DVF Awards: “There’s actually a deeply rooted emotional story behind it, so everybody’s been really respectful. It’s great.”
Let the countdown to September begin.