Hustlers team ditched plans for J-Lo, Lizzo and Cardi B collaboration

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 16 September 2019
Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez

'Hustlers' music supervisor Jason Markey revealed he and director Lorene Scafaria halted plans for a musical collaboration between leading ladies Jennifer Lopez, Lizzo and Cardi B

'Hustlers' music supervisor Jason Markey halted plans for a Jennifer Lopez, Lizzo and Cardi B collaboration.

The three pop superstars come together in the cast for the new stripper comedy, and while there were some discussions about a musical conclusion to the movie in a similar vein to Lil' Kim, Pink, Mya and Christina Aguilera's rendition of 'Lady Marmalade' for 'Moulin Rouge', it seemed too "cheesy".

Markey told Variety: "At one point, there was some conversation from the producers' standpoint: 'Should we do a big end-title song, like a 'Lady Marmalade' thing?'

"I was the first person to stand up and go, 'I think that's cheesy!' "

He argued his point to director Lorene Scafaria and won over the filmmaker as he suggested a "more poignant" ending than a "big pop number".

He added: "I said to Lorene [Scafaria] in sort of a private jest, 'Honestly, I really don't believe in having a Jennifer-Cardi B-Lizzo song in this movie -- I just think we could do much better than that'.

"And not in a bad way in relation to their artistry, but we can end with a more poignant option, as opposed to this big pop number. And she agreed with me. So we stood our ground -- and won the battle."

Instead, one of the movie's standout musical moments sees J-Lo pole dancing along to 'Criminal' by Fiona Apple, which Markey admitted was a risk as the singer's 1997 hit had only been licensed a handful of times for TV and never on the big screen.

He said: "I was very scared because Fiona notoriously says no to everything. We sent her the clip and she approved it, so I would assume she just liked what she saw.

"Maybe she's not a fan of Jennifer, but when you watch watch her dance, it's undeniable. It's dramatic gold."


  • 4 stars
  • 2019
  • US
  • 1h 47min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Lorene Scafaria
  • Cast: Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Lizzo, Cardi B
  • UK release: 13 September 2019

Destiny (Wu) and Ramona (Lopez) are strippers who, with their friends, devise a way of getting more cash out of their clients. Wu gives a sophisticated performance and her dynamic with Lopez pops with convincing intensity, making for a raucous crime story that’s by turns gorgeous, funny and surprisingly moving.