Jennifer Lopez is returning to the world of rom-coms as the lead Maya in forthcoming film Second Act—the trailer for which was released yesterday. Starring alongside Lopez as Maya’s romantic partner Trey is Milo Ventimiglia. Ventimiglia plays Jack Pearson on NBC’s This Is Us, but if that doesn’t ring a bell you might remember Ventimiglia from his role as the rebellious and literary Jess—one of Rory’s romantic interests on Gilmore Girls. Other familiar names in the cast include Vanessa Hudgens (yes, you probably remember her from High School Musical but perhaps also Gimme Shelter) and Leah Remini (The King of Queens).
Joining the ranks of The Wedding Planner (2001) and What to Expect When You’re Expecting (2012) in Lopez’s filmography, Second Act looks to be more than just a rom-com as Maya (Lopez) moves from a job at “Value Shop” to a position as a high-powered businesswoman.
Maya is experienced in her role at Value Shop but struggles to get promoted because she doesn’t have a college degree: “I wish we lived in a world where street smarts equal book smarts,” she says. However, Maya is surrounded by supportive, and in some cases meddling, friends. Partner Trey tells her, “The only thing stopping you is you,” but it’s Maya’s best friend Joan (Leah Remini) that sets out to un-stop her. Enlisting the help of a teen boy to create Maya an impressive online presence, Joan gets Maya’s talent recognized—the problem? Her new resume isn’t real.
“You said you wanted to be fancy, so I just like Cinderella-d your ass,” the teen says of her resume makeover.
With her spruced up background, Maya takes on the elite parts of business world. Naturally, antics ensue. Second Act is set to come out Nov. 21.
Watch the trailer for Second Act below, and if you’re feeling the throwback music soundtracking it check out one of the featured songs, “Dreams” by the Cranberries, further down in a 1994 performance from the Paste archives.