The Mother debuted on Netflix last May 12: although there are many upcoming films that viewers have been waiting to see for some time, the platform has certainly dominated the competition in this first half of 2023, delighting subscribers with highly anticipated sequels such as Murder Mystery 2explosive documentaries (among others, Anna Nicole Smith: The True Story e McGregor Forever) and new movies like Da me o da te; the streaming service continues to churn out many interesting titles and the new film Of Jennifer Lopez definitely falls into this category.
The film is an action-adventure that stars the famous singer/actress in the role of The Mother, a deadly ex-assassin who comes out of hiding to protect her daughter from some extremely dangerous men who want to destroy everything she loves. The cast of the film is limited in number but still full of stars: here’s where you’ve already seen the performers of the new action thriller directed by Niki Caro, the same director of the live-action remake of Mulan by Disney, and written by Misha Green.
1. Jennifer Lopez (La Madre)
The star of the film is obviously Jennifer Lopez: the famous pop star began her career as an actress in the nineties even if the turning point came with her participation in the film Selena, on the life of singer Selena Quintanilla Pérez who was killed at 23. Directed by Gregory Nava, the film was a box office success and received several nominations, including Lopez’s Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
Since that time, the fame of J.Lo has steadily grown: many people may know her from her musical career which has spanned over two decades, releasing hit after hit, frequently collaborating with many world-renowned artists, and embarking on various international tours. The star even starred in her own documentary called Halftimerelating to the Super Bowl show during which she performed with colleague Shakira.
Many define the pop star as the “queen of romantic comedies“, mainly because it is a genre that she explored many times throughout her career and secondly because Lopez’s best comedies have highlighted her versatility as an actress. Some of these films that are worth mentioning are A woman as a friend and The Wedding Planner, up to recent romantic comedies such as Marry Me (along with Owen Wilson) e Shotgun Wedding.
In addition to that, J.Lo has also ventured into more demanding roles, such as in the case of The Girls of Wall Street: Business I$ Business, and was also a judge in the popular American show American Idol. In recent years the star seems to be leaning more and more towards dramatic roles with films such as The Mother: precisely for this reason, it is understandable to assume that this will not be the last time we will see her in a film of this kind.
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2. Lucy Paez (Zoe)
The second performer on the list is Lucy Paez, the actress who plays Zoe, the daughter of Lopez’s character. Lucy is very young and so far she hasn’t had many opportunities to really show her talent in Hollywood: that of The Mother it’s her first major role in a film of this caliber. La Paez, however, has had a number of minor parts in films such as Silence e The Exorcism of Carmen Farias. According to fans, we are destined to see her more and more in the future, thanks in part to her convincing performance in The Mother.
3. Omari Hardwick (William Cruise)
Omari Hardwick who plays William Cruise in the action drama is mostly known in the television world for his roles in the TV series Saved, Dark Blue, Fragments of her, Miracle in Sant’Anna, The A-Team, Kick Ass and Power, in which he embodies the character of James St. Patrick, nicknamed Ghost. Throughout his career, Hardwick has acted in several successful films: he was part of the cast of the film Army of the Dead by Zack Snyder, where he played one of the members of the mercenary team on a dangerous mission in Las Vegas. He also starred in Spell, a psychological thriller in which he plays a man trapped in a sinister place full of mysteries. Other films in which he has shown his talent include Sorry to Bother You, American Skin e Things Never Said. His presence on the big screen has always been appreciated for his undeniable ability to play complex and engaging characters.
4. Gael Garcia Bernal (Hector Alvarez)
Gael García Bernal plays an arms dealer named Hector Álvarez in the new Netflix film. Bernal is a very talented and versatile actor known for his passionate and intense performances. His career in cinema began with a stunning performance as the young Ernesto Guevara de la Serna in The motorcycle diaries. The actor is best known for his collaborations with Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón, with whom he has worked on films such as And Your Mother Too e Rude and Corny. Throughout his career he has also collaborated with renowned directors such as Pedro Almodóvar, Michel Gondry, James Marsh, Pablo Larraín and Alejandro González Iñárritu.
His presence on the big screen is not limited only to Mexican cinema, but also extends to an international career, which has seen him in successful films such as Coco , in which he gave the voice to Hector Rivera, and Rosewater. In addition to his cinematic performances, Gael García has also achieved success in television, mainly thanks to the title role in the series Mozart in the Jungle, in which he played an eccentric and talented conductor. He also had an important role in the miniseries Station Eleven and in the Marvel special titled Werewolf.
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5. Joseph Fiennes (Adrian Lovell)
The next interpreter on the list is Joseph Fiennes who in The Mother plays Adrian Lovell, another arms dealer and former mentor of the protagonist. Fiennes is a very talented British actor whose career began in the 90s, although he became known to the general public in 1998 thanks to his starring role in the film Shakespeare in Love, in which he played the famous playwright William Shakespeare . This performance earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and marked the beginning of a successful career. Fiennes’ filmography features a wide range of genres, from historical films such as Elizabeth ai thriller come Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas e Strangerland.
In addition to his work in film, Joseph has also achieved great recognition in the world of television: one of his best known roles is that of Commander Fred Waterford in the award-winning series The Handmaid’s Tale, which earned him critical acclaim and a Golden Globe nomination. The actor has also played significant roles in series such as American Horror Story: Asylum e FlashForward.
6. Paul Raci (Jons)
The last actor on the list, although not least, is Paul Raci, the interpreter of Jons, a friend of the protagonist. Paul is an American actor with a long and diverse career: he started out as a stage performer but became known to the general public thanks to his extraordinary performance in film Sound of Metal. Raci received universal praise for his performance as the character Joe, a mentor and friend to the deaf protagonist who faces hearing loss, which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
In addition to this prominent role, the actor has also had other outstanding moments throughout his career, both in cinema and on television: he starred in films such as Disturbing Crimes and Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, in which he played supporting roles that helped solidify his reputation as a versatile and talented actor; on television, however, Raci has made appearances in several successful series such as Baskets, Goliath e Parks and Recreation.