Jennifer Lopez has put down the painter's brush and is considering picking up an FBI badge.
The singer/actress has dropped out of "The Two Fridas," a planned biopic about Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, according to her spokesperson, Alan Nierob. Director Luis Valdez ("La Bamba") had been tapped to helm the picture with executive producer Francis Ford Coppola for United Artists.
With one project off her plate, Lopez may quickly replace "The Two Fridas" with another film, "Taking Lives," that Tony Scott ("Enemy of the State," "True Romance") is directing from a screenplay by Jon Bokenkamp, based on the 1999 Michael Pye novel of the same name.
For "Taking Lives," Lopez has been offered the starring role of an FBI agent responsible for tracking down a Dutch serial murderer who evades authorities by assuming his victims' identities. Lopez's reps said she has yet to sign on for the film, which is slated to go in front of the cameras in the fall if the Screen Actors Guild strike is settled or completed by then.
Lopez is currently shooting another flick, "Enough," with director Michael Apted that producers hope to have completed prior to the June 30 date on which the current SAG contract covering film and TV work is set to expire. If a settlement is not reached, then SAG has instructed its members to strike and not report to work, a move that would essentially shut down both film and TV production in the U.S.
If the strike does happen, don't expect Lopez to launch a summer tour to support her J.Lo album in the interim, despite some recent speculation that she would do just that if and when the strike happened.
Lopez's label rep at Sony Records torpedoed the tour rumors by noting it was logistically impossible, at this point, to book a major summer trek because of the lingering uncertainties about the performer's schedule and the potential SAG strike. The earliest Lopez would now consider launching a tour is next spring, according to Nierob.
The singer/actress' next film, "Angel Eyes," is due on May 18, while "Enough" is set for release in 2002.