Second Act (film)

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Second Act
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Teaser poster
Directed by Peter Segal
Produced by
Written by
  • Justin Zackham
  • Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas
Music by Michael Andrews
Cinematography Ueli Steiger
Edited by Jason Gourson
Distributed by STXfilms
Release date
  • December 14, 2018 (2018-12-14)
Country United States
Language English

Second Act is an upcoming American romantic comedy film directed by Peter Segal and written by Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Justin Zackham. It stars Jennifer Lopez, Vanessa Hudgens, Leah Remini, Annaleigh Ashford, Dan Bucatinsky, Freddie Stroma, Milo Ventimiglia, Treat Williams and Larry Miller, and follows an under-achieving 40-year-old mother who gets a second chance at a corporate career after creating a fake Facebook page. It is scheduled to be released in the United States on December 14, 2018.


Stuck in a low-paying job, a woman gets a chance to fulfill her career ambitions when a private finance firm is misled into believing that she's an accomplished consultant and hire her to handle a major business deal.



In June 2017, Jennifer Lopez signed on to star.[1] In October 2017, Leah Remini, Annaleigh Ashford, Vanessa Hudgens, Dan Bucatinsky and Freddie Stroma joined the cast of the film.[2][3][4][5] In November 2017, Milo Ventimiglia, Treat Williams, Larry Miller, Dave Foley, Charlyne Yi and Alan Aisenberg joined the cast of the film.[6][7][8][9][10]


Principal photography began on October 23, 2017, in Queens, New York[11] and has continued in The Bronx and Manhattan, including Michael Jordan's Steakhouse in Grand Central Terminal.[12] Filming wrapped on December 15, 2017.[13]


Second Act was initially scheduled to be released in the United States by STXfilms on November 21, 2018, but in September 2018, following "incredible" test screenings, it was moved to December 14, 2018.[14]


On September 21, 2018, Sia was announced as the composer for the original song "Limitless" produced by Jesse Shatkin and performed by Jennifer Lopez. On October 9, 2018, Jennifer Lopez gave a soaring and impactful live debut of "Limitless", at the American Music Awards, it opened with a voiceover that said "The only thing stopping YOU" and a poem from writer Jasmin Kaur on the screen that read: "Scream, so that one day a hundred years from now, another sister will not have to dry her tears, wondering where in history she lost her voice" [15]


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  2. ^ Busch, Anita (October 10, 2017). "Leah Remini Has Joined Jennifer Lopez In STXfilms' 'Second Act'". Deadline Hollywood.
  3. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (October 17, 2017). "Vanessa Hudgens & Annaleigh Ashford Board Jennifer Lopez-Starring Film 'Second Act'". Deadline Hollywood.
  4. ^ Hipes, Patrick (October 26, 2017). "Dan Bucatinsky Joins Jennifer Lopez-Starrer 'Second Act'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
  5. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (October 27, 2017). "Skyler Bible Joins 'First Man'; Freddie Stroma Cast In 'Second Act'; Jonathan Goldsmith Boards 'Mamma Mia' Sequel". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
  6. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (November 1, 2017). "'This Is Us' Star Milo Ventimiglia Joins Jennifer Lopez In 'Second Act' From STX". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
  7. ^ Busch, Anita (November 3, 2017). "Treat Williams, Larry Miller Join Cast Of STXfilms' Romantic Comedy 'Second Act". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
  8. ^ Lee, Ashley (November 7, 2017). "Dave Foley Joins Jennifer Lopez Rom-Com 'Second Act' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 8, 2017.
  9. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (November 8, 2017). "Charlyne Yi Boards 'Second Act'; Molly Ringwald Cast In YA Film 'Kingfish'; Robert Scott Wilson Joins 'Relic'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 8, 2017.
  10. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (November 13, 2017). "Evan Handler Cast In 'Foster Boy'; Alan Aisenberg Joins 'Second Act'; Nicholas Galitzine Boards Pippa Bianco film". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  11. ^ "Jenny From The Value Shop! Jennifer Lopez sports a budget supermarket vest as she larks around with BFF Leah Remini on first day of filming Second Act in NYC". DailyMail. Retrieved October 24, 2017.
  12. ^ Siegler, Mark. J. Lo’s new movie closes down steakhouse. New York Post, November 20, 2017. [1] Retrieved November 21, 2017
  13. ^ Calvaro, Liz (December 15, 2017). "Jennifer Lopez and Vanessa Hudgens Celebrate Final Day of Shooting 'Second Act' -- Watch". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  14. ^ Anthony D'Alessandro (September 10, 2018). "Jennifer Lopez Romantic Comedy 'Second Act' Heads To The Heart Of The Holiday Season". Billboard_(magazine). Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  15. ^ |url= Havens |website=Billboard_(magazine)|date=September 10, 2018|accessdate=September 10, 2018}}

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