One of the dozens of projects that Moviefone didn't have a chance to ask Mark Wahlberg about during his press rounds for "Contraband," the long-gestating adaptation of the 2006 documentary about the Miami drug trade in the '70s and '80s, could begin filming as soon as the summer, Wahlberg told SiriusXM. And when it does, it might have Jennifer Lopez in a leading role -- which Wahlberg said "will go down in history."
"Jennifer Lopez is chasing that [role] like crazy," Wahlberg said, referring to the part of Griselda Blanco, an infamous crime family matriarch that was at the center of the drug war. "It's the role -- if I could play Griselda, I would. That's Academy Award [bait] right there."
Lopez, who is returning to her role as "American Idol" judge later this month, has found herself in the midst of a film comeback of sorts. She's co-starring in "What to Expect When Expecting" in the spring, and was also rumored for a remake of "Parker" last summer. Whether she eventually lands the role of Lady Scarface remains to be seen, but Lopez should be warned: per Wahlberg, Griselda will require some Charlize Theron-in-"Monster"-type make-up. Hey, the man said it was Oscar bait!