J.Lo hits the big screen again

Jennifer Lopez was riding high last year.

She had the title role in the romantic comedy The Wedding Planner, which hit No. 1 on U.S. box office charts in January. Meanwhile, while her second album, J.Lo, also hit the top of the charts, making Lopez the first female performer to have both a No. 1 album and film at the same time.

Now 31, the singer/actress is getting ready to launch her new film, Enough, a thriller about a woman who marries who she believes is the man of her dreams but soon falls prey to his violence and abuse. Fearing for her safety, she decides the only way out is to take matters into her own hands, even if it means killing her husband.

Next comes a three-year feature film development and production deal she signed with Columbia Pictures. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lopez would develop projects through her Nuyorican Prods., a production company she started with her Handprint Entertainment manager Benny Medina. So far, the company’s only credit is last fall’s NBC special Jennifer Lopez in Concert.

Lopez is not a stranger to Columbia. The former Fly Girl made her first studio feature with Columbia back in 1995 with Money Train. She went on to star in the studio’s Anaconda and later in U-Turn, which was distributed through Columbia’s Phoenix Pictures.

Lopez is currently working on Revolution Studios’ Gigli and will begin shooting The Chambermaid, a modern-day Cinderella story, shortly after. Columbia will distribute both Revolution projects.

On the music front, Lopez has a new album out, J To Tha L-O, with the single “Ain’t it Funny” currently sitting comfortably at No. 3. Lopez is signed to Epic Records, which is owned by Sony Music, keeping her business all in one family.

With past feature film credits that include Angel Eyes, The Cell and Out of Sight, it’s safe to say that the woman who was once known for her famous derriere is in the business to stay.

Enough opens May 24.