“Gay, and I cannot stress this enough, rights!”
A diverse female cast is reportedly being assembled for an upcoming movie about a group of former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.
According to a Deadspin article Tuesday, rapper Cardi B will make her feature debut in “Hustlers” alongside Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Lili Reinhart, and Constance Wu, among others.
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Transgender actress Trace Lysette is reportedly in negotiations to join the film, and she suggested in a tweet Tuesday that she may already be on board.
— Trace Lysette (@tracelysette) March 19, 2019
More women: Lorene Scafaria will write and direct the movie, which is inspired by a 2015 New York Magazine article by Jessica Pressler. The drama takes place in New York City after the financial crisis, Deadspin said. Shooting will start Friday and a premiere is planned for 2020.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with this dynamic group of women,” said Scafaria. “We’re grateful to have assembled such a powerhouse cast and can’t wait to start filming at the end of the week.”
The inclusive casting and progressive premise – with female heroes plotting to bilk rich male villains – got liberal media outlets gushing.
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“So you’re telling me that Cardi B, JLo, and Julia Stiles are teaming up for a movie about strippers getting revenge on the patriarchy?” Gay, and I cannot stress this enough, rights!” Out magazine exclaimed.
“How could you make a movie about New York strippers without New York’s most visible stripper?” asked Vulture, showing its love for hometown girl Cardi B, whose real-life stripping past has helped make her a feminist icon.
Lopez, Stiles, Reinhart, and Wu have also claimed the feminist mantle. For her part, Lysette is a transgender activist and was an early joiner of the #MeToo movement. In November 2017, she accused Jeffrey Tambor, her costar on Amazon’s “Transparent,” of sexual harassment, which he denied before leaving the show.
— Trace Lysette (@tracelysette) November 17, 2017
Progressive Twitter was excited, too.
hustlers has a diverse all female cast, directed and written by a female director lorene scarfaria, essentially about the empowerment of strippers and sex worker as well as the focus on a shift in the power of traditional gender roles all based upon true events? the flavour!
— candy (@clearifying) March 19, 2019
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