Jennifer Lopez to Star In, Produce Romantic Comedy ‘Second Act’ for STX

“50 First Dates” director Peter Segal will helm the project

Jennifer Lopez will produce and star in the romantic comedy “Second Act” for STXfilms, Chairman Adam Fogelson and President of Production Sam Brown announced Thursday.

“50 First Dates” director Peter Segal will helm the project, developed by STX with Lopez from an idea conceived by Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Justin Zackham, who also wrote the screenplay. Lopez, Goldsmith-Thomas, Zackham and Benny Medina will produce.

The movie will follow a big box store employee who reinvents her life and gets the chance to prove to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as valuable as a college degree.

“When Jennifer, Elaine and Justin came to us with this idea, we loved it right away,” Fogelson said in a statement. “The premise of reinventing yourself and creating a career and life-defining second act is hugely relatable and aspirational. Jennifer’s talents as a film and television actress, producer and recording artist are legendary. She is a true global superstar and and we think she is perfect for this role. We are excited to add ‘Second Act’ to an outstanding and growing portfolio of female-driven projects that we are building at STXfilms.”

“There are so many things I love about this project and script,” Lopez continued. “People try to put women to sleep at a certain age. ‘Second Act’ is a story that empowers the every woman to do more, to be more, and not limit their dreams. I am thrilled to partner with STX as they continue to create and empower the female audience.”

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The project marks another female-driven title for the production company. After last year’s “Bad Moms,” STX’s slate includes “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” “Molly’s Game,” “A Bad Moms Christmas” and “The Happytime Murders,” which all feature women in leading roles.

Lopez is currently working on Season 3 of her NBC series, “Shades of Blue” and is serving as a judge on NBC’s new dance competition show, “World of Dance.” Her film credits include “The Wedding Planner,” “Anaconda,” “Out of Sight,” “Maid in Manhattan” and most recently, “The Boy Next Door.”