Jennifer Lopez cast as 'Cocaine Godmother' Griselda Blanco

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Jennifer Lopez will play "Cocaine Godmother" Griselda Blanco in a new film.

The actress and singer will take on the role of the Colombian drug matriarch on TV network HBO, for a film which focuses on Griselda's rise and fall.

Jennifer Lopez
(Evan Agostini/Invision)

In a statement, she told the Hollywood Reporter she was excited to be "finally bringing Griselda's story to life", explaining: "I've been fascinated by the life of this corrupt and complicated woman for many years."

She expressed her excitement on Twitter, writing: "Here we gooo..." while Dwayne Johnson - aka The Rock - chimed in: "Can't wait to see @JLo take this role on. Blanco's life was extremely hard core."

Griselda became a notorious drug lord who revolutionised the US drug trade in the 70s and 80s, before her arrest in 1985.

She was later freed, deported to Colombia and killed in 2012 in a drive-by shooting.

Jennifer, 47, has put her focus on acting this year, starring in US drama Shades Of Blue.

Ray Liotta and Jennifer Lopez
Ray Liotta with Jennifer Lopez in Shades Of Blue (Peter Kramer/NBC)

British actor Alex Pettyfer is attached as a co-executive producer. No word yet on whether he'll make an on-screen appearance...