Cardi B, Lili Reinhart (“Riverdale”), Keke Palmer and Julia Stiles have joined Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu in the upcoming film “Hustlers,” STXfilms announced on Tuesday.
Inspired by a viral 2016 New York Magazine article, the film follows a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients. They get their revenge on wealthy, drunk and abusive clients by maxing out their credit cards after they’ve passed out.
The film begins shooting on March 22, 2019 in New York City.
Mercedes Ruehl (“Broadway’s Torch Song”) also joined the cast, and Mette Towley (“Cats”) and Trace Lysette (“Transparent”) are in negotiations to join the film.
“We could not have asked for a more exciting or talented lineup of performers to join our cast,” STXfilms chairman Adam Fogelson said in a statement. “STX is thrilled to reunite with Jennifer, Elaine (Goldsmith-Thomas) and Benny (Medina) to bring this unexpected, entertaining and often shocking story to the big screen for audiences worldwide.”
“Hustlers” was written and will be directed by Lorene Scafaria (“Seeking a Friend for the End of the World”).
STXfilms is producing “Hustlers” alongside Lopez, Goldsmith-Thomas and Medina, who previously collaborated with the studio on the 2018 romantic-comedy “Second Act,” as well as Adam McKay, Will Ferrell and Jessica Elbaum for Gloria Sanchez Productions.
Kate Vorhoff and Catherine Hagedorn are overseeing the film’s production for the studio. STXinternational is handling international distribution and distributing directly in the U.K. and Ireland.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with this dynamic group of women,” Scafaria said in an announcement. “We’re grateful to have assembled such a powerhouse cast and can’t wait to start filming at the end of the week.”
STX picked up the film last October after it was dropped in the script phase by Annapurna over creative differences.
Cardi B is represented by CAA; Reinhart is represented by UTA and Anonymous Content; Palmer is represented by 3 Arts, UTA and Cari Davine at Hertz Lichtenstein & Young; Stiles is represented by Untitled Entertainment, The Gersh Agency and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern; and Ruehl is represented by Sue Leibman/Barking Dog Entertainment and Peikoff-Mahan Law Offices.
Towley is represented by 3 Arts and WME and Lysette is represented by ICM Partners and Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano.
Wu is represented by UTA, Principal Entertainment LA and Hansen Jacobson. Lopez is represented by CAA, The Medina Co. and Hirsch Wallerstein. Scafaria is represented by UTA.