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Jennifer Lopez to Star in New Jason Blum Thriller ‘The Boy Next Door’ (EXCLUSIVE)

"xXx" helmer Rob Cohen to direct

Jennifer Lopez has landed in Jason Blum’s new micro-budget thriller, “The Boy Next Door,” that the “Paranormal Activity” producer will make under his first-look deal at Universal.

Lopez will star as a newly separated mother who begins an affair with a new teenage neighbor who befriends her son. Trouble ensues, however, when she tries to abruptly end the relationship.

xXx” and “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor” director Rob Cohen is in talks to direct the film from a script by Barbara Curry.

Next Door” begins shooting in the fall as Lopez’s other high-profile gig, a judging stint on “American Idol,” gears up for its January start.

Blum, who’s known for making films like “The Purge” and his “Paranormal Activity” franchise on a shoestring budget, will produce “Next Door” for between $3 million and $4 million, according to a source close to the project.

Blum has several projects set for release next year, including “Paranormal Activity 5” and “Stretch.” His next thriller, “Insidious: Chapter 2,” hits theaters next week on Sept. 13. Lopez was last seen in “Parker” co-starring Jason Statham.

Blum will produce with Smart Entertainment’s John Jacobs, along with Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas from Lopez’s production shingle Nuyorican Prods. and Benny Medina. Zac Unterman is serving as an executive producer, while Eric Bromberg and Jessie Israel brought the project to Jacobs.

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Lopez is repped by CAA. Cohen is repped by WME.

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