Jennifer Lopez Considers Role In Art Film

With Jennifer Lopez's new special effects-laden film, "The Cell," due to arrive in theaters this week and with two other movies in the can, the singer-actress is weighing an offer for yet another motion picture.

"Variety" reports that Lopez has been approached about portraying Mexican painter Frida Kahlo in a movie being directed by Luis Valdez and executive-produced by Francis Ford Coppola for United Artists.

The Valdez-helmed film is one of two Kahlo biopics currently headed into production, as Salma Hayek has been tapped to star in Miramax's project about the bisexual painter, titled "Frida."

Kahlo, who died in Mexico City in 1954 at the age 47, developed her surrealist, nationalistic style after suffering a spinal injury in a bus accident when she was 18.

The artist, who was actively involved with the Mexican Communist Party in the 1920s and '30s, married muralist Diego Rivera in 1929 but was rumored to have had affairs with Communist

leader Leon Trotsky, as well as with fellow painter Georgia O'Keefe and actress Dolores Del Rio, among others.

If Lopez does sign on for the part, she should have more than ample time to complete her second record, the follow-up to 1999's "On The 6" (see "Jennifer Lopez Offers New Album Update"), as Valdez's movie isn't expected to start filming until early 2001.

Meanwhile, Lopez's film "The Wedding Planner," co-starring Matthew McConaughey, is now due out in February 2001. Her other completed project, "Angel Eyes" (see "Jennifer Lopez Could Get Big Bucks For 'Angel Eyes'"), is also expected on screens early next year.