The cast and crew of ‘Hustlers,’ a movie about strippers in New York City, hit the red carpet for the film’s premiere at the Toronto Film Festival and their main message was the empowering experience of working on a female-led project.
‘Hustlers’ stars Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Keke Palmer, Cardi B and with a cameo from Lizzo. It follows a group of dancers at a strip club in New York City, who come up with a less-than-legal way of making money from their Wall Street customers after the stock market crash of 2008 dries up their regular incomes.
Based on a true story, the film was written, directed and produced by women.
To Wu, the female leadership in creating the movie was made all the more important given the subject matter as the strippers are people “who society has judged and marginalized, and we got the opportunity to humanize their stories.
The humanization of the strippers as characters was crucial to director Lorene Scafaria, to just show that this is a job like anything else and they are people trying to make ends meet and pay the bills.