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Jennifer Lopez to play cougar mom in thriller 'The Boy Next Door'

By Jeff Sneider

Jennifer Lopez is set to play a seductive cougar in "The Boy Next Door," a low-budget thriller that Jason Blum is producing through his Blumhouse banner under his first-look deal with Universal, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.

Rob Cohen ("xXx") is in talks to direct from a script by Barbara Curry.

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Lopez will play a single mom who has a lustful affair with a teenage neighbor who befriends her son. When she tries to end the relationship, trouble ensues.

Blumhouse and Universal, which recently scored a huge hit with the $3 million home-invasion thriller "The Purge," see a ton of upside in the new movie, which will be made for under $5 million, including Lopez's star salary.

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Blum will produce with Smart Entertainment's John Jacobs and Lopez's manager, Benny Medina, as well as Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas of Lopez's Nuyorican Productions banner. Zac Unterman will executive produce.

"The Boy Next Door" will start production this fall before Lopez begins taping the new season of "American Idol."

CAA-repped Lopez recently starred opposite Jason Statham in "Parker."

Variety first reported the news.

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Sep 6, 2013 6:02PM
that role does not suit her at all.  Who is going to believe that.
Sep 6, 2013 5:24PM
people that into anything about this woman need to find a real life ...who cares?????
Sep 6, 2013 7:59PM
Don't give a hoot about JLo or what she does. All she cares about is money and will do anything to get it. She performs for dictators and thugs guess she didn't make enough off these characters so she's going to return to AI for 17M. She's not worth one penny of it. Who would hire her to do any movie with her reputation now. I will not watch AI ever again after these new producers made same ole decisions with same ole judges. Don't care for HCJr either.
Sep 6, 2013 10:08PM

J Lo is so talented.

And she's beautiful with a great personality.

Sep 6, 2013 9:06PM
I can just imagine what is written here.......I think JLo is one beautiful woman and a genuine nice person. There are allot of people who just love t trash her. I like watching he commercials.
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