Cardi B is making her film debut starring as a stripper alongside Jennifer Lopez
Cardi B really has gone from strength to strength lately, and it's fair to say that her many fans are damn proud of her. Last year Time magazine included her on their annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and she's managed to win a Grammy Award, three American Music Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, nine BET Hip Hop Awards, a Billboard Music Award and two Guinness World Records. Pretty impressive huh?
But now Cardi B is looking at an entirely new venture: she's about to make her movie debut. The movie, entitled Hustlers, also stars Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Lili Reinhart, Keke Palmer and Julia Stiles, and tells the story of a group of strippers as they attempt to rob and con rich and sleazy Wall Street bankers.
In a recent statement regarding the casting decision, the chairman of STX Films Adam Fogelson stated: "We could not have asked for a more exciting or talented lineup of performers to join our cast. STX is thrilled to reunite with Jennifer, Elaine, and Benny to bring this unexpected, entertaining and often shocking story to the big screen for audiences worldwide."
Meanwhile, director Lorene Scafaria stated: "I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with this dynamic group of women,” added Scafaria. “We’re grateful to have assembled such a powerhouse cast and can’t wait to start filming at the end of the week."
Commenting on her former career as a stripper in an interview with Howard Stern, Cardi stated: "I feel like a lot of people want me to lie and be like 'I hated it, I went through so many things, I don't recommend it' I don't tell girls to go do it but I am not going to front—it really saved me. It really saved me. Before I was at the strip club I was a cashier at [a] market."
The plot of the movie was inspired by real-life events, which were detailed in a story featured in The Cut entitled The Hustlers At Scores. The feature, which was written by journalist Jessica Pressler, profiled stripper Roselyn Keo, who scammed her Wall Street clientele in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. However, this isn't Cardi B's first ever performance in front of the camera.
Leaving aside her numerous music videos, she's already appearing as herself on the TV series Love and Hip Hop: New York for two seasons, and in 2017, she made a guest appearance on Gabrielle Union’s BET drama, Being Mary Jane.