‘The Mother’ Jennifer Lopez Movie: Netflix Release Date, Trailer & What We Know So Far

Jennifer Lopez's first major movie for Netflix arrives in May 2023.

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Among Jennifer Lopez’s upcoming lineup for Netflix is the thriller The Mother. Originally scheduled for release in 2022, the action movie will hit Netflix exclusively in May 2023. Here’s everything you need to know about The Mother on Netflix.

The Mother is an upcoming Netflix Original action-thriller directed by Niki Caro, who recently directed Disney’s live-action Mulan remake. Writing the story of The Mother is Misha Green, who is formerly the showrunner of HBO’s shortlived cosmic-horror series Lovecraft Country.

Great Lakes Pictures ULC, Vertigo Entertainment, and Nuyorican Productions are producing.

Before we dive into the full preview of what you can expect, here’s the full trailer for Netflix’s The Mother.


The Mother will release on Netflix in May 2023

Waiting for an exact release date for The Mother has been painful to say the least.

As part of Netflix’s unveiling of their 2022 movie slate, we got our first look at the Jennifer Lopez thriller and the news that the movie would release in 2022.

However, as the year progressed, it increasingly looks like The Mother wasn’t going to release. As part of the Fall 2022 movie lineup reveals, Netflix told us that the movie had slipped into 2023.

At Netflix Tudum on September 24th, 2022 Netflix confirmed that the movie would be released in May 2022 alongside a new teaser trailer featured at the top of this article.

Then as part of the 2023 movie slate unveiling, it was announced that The Mother would release globally on Netflix on May 12th, 2023. 

In that initial 2022 preview trailer, we got some of our first-look pictures for the new upcoming movie:

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The Mother – Picture: Netflix

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The Mother – Picture: Netflix

Netflix also released the first teaser trailer for the movie in September 2022:


What is the plot of The Mother?

So far, we only have a very brief and basic synopsis of The Mother:

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“Years ago, a deadly assassin was forced to go on the run, which forced her to give up her only daughter. Years later, the female assassin returns her order to protect her daughter from some extremely dangerous men.”

Director Niki Caro told People what we can expect from JLo’s performance in an interview in April 2023, saying that the movie is a “rare combination of high-octane action and genuine emotion,” adding, “Jennifer brings her legendary skill and precision to the action elements, but also brings her strength as a dramatic actor and her experience as a mother right to the heart of the movie.”

The movie has been rated R for violence, some language, and brief drug use.


Who are the cast members of The Mother?

As first reported by Variety, Joseph Fiennes, Gael Garcia Bernal, and Omari Hardwick make up the main cast alongside actress Jennifer Lopez in The Mother.

Joseph Fiennes, the younger brother of Harry Potter star Ralph Fiennes, will be instantly recognizable for anyone who’s tuned in to watch Hulu’s polarising series The Handmaid’s Tale as Fred Waterford. Arguably Fiennes’s most famous role is that of William Shakespeare in the 7 Oscar-winning movie Shakespeare in Love.

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Joseph Fiennes in The Handmaids Tale (left) and Shakespeare in Love (right)

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Gael García Bernal is going to have an extremely busy year. Not only will he be starring in The Mother, but the Guadalajara-born actor will be taking on the iconic role of Zorro in the upcoming remake Z.

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Gael García Bernal in Mozart in the Jungle (left) and Here on Earth (right)

Netflix subscribers will be familiar with Omari Hardwick, who starred in Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead. Hardwick also lead the incredibly popular STARZ series Power as James ‘Ghost’ St. Patrick, which ran between 2014 and 2020.

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Omari Hardwick in Army of the Dead (left) and Power (right)

Thanks to her pop music career, the world is no stranger to Jennifer Lopez. Over the years J. Lo has starred in various movies, and her music has been featured in many movies and TV shows. Still, in her acting career, she is arguably most famous for playing Selena Quintanilla in the biopic Selena and as a Ricki in Gigli.

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Jennifer Lopez in Selena (left) and Gigli (right)

The remaining cast members have been confirmed as Paul Raci, who recently starred in Amazon’s Sound of Metal, and Lucy Paez, who starred in Lorena Villarreal’s mystery-thriller Silencio.

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Jennifer Lopez notably works with Netflix on a major output deal struck in June 2021. She has three major projects in the works at Netflix, including The Mother, with the other two being Atlas and The Cipher.

Are you looking forward to the release of The Mother on Netflix? Let us know in the comments below!

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Official Netflix Synopsis: "A military-trained assassin comes out of hiding to protect the daughter she's never met from ruthless criminals gunning for revenge."


Rating: R
Language: English
Genre: Action, Thriller
Director: Niki Caro
Cast: Jennifer Lopez, Paul Raci, Gael García Bernal
Added to Netflix: May 12th, 2023

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