Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck will star in the next Kevin Smith film, "Jersey Girl," which will be shot in Philadelphia this summer. "I pushed to shoot in Philadelphia over Toronto because it's in Am

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck will star in the next Kevin Smith film, "Jersey Girl," which will be shot in Philadelphia this summer. "I pushed to shoot in Philadelphia over Toronto because it's in America, I liked the locations here and because it's a great production center," Smith told The Philadelphia Inquirer.

The sixth film from writer-director Smith, the dramatic comedy will feature Lopez and Affleck as parents of a preschool-aged daughter and has a budget of more than $20 million. Smith's previous works include "Clerks," "Mallrats" and "Chasing Amy," all set in New Jersey. He said "Jersey Girl" would be his first PG-13-rated film, "unless the [Motion Picture Association of America] gets weirdly stringent."

Since Lopez's recent split from husband Chris Judd, rumors have circulated that she and Affleck are romantically linked. The two recently finished another film together, Martin Brest's "Gigli," which will be released next year. But Smith said the two aren't a couple. "Are they dating? Unequivocally, no," he said.

Lopez has also been linked to one-time boyfriend Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, but the latter's publicist released a statement earlier this week saying, "contrary to reports, Mr. Combs and Ms. Lopez are not together. However, he wishes her well during this difficult time." Combs and Lopez had a high-profile romance for two years before breaking up in February 2001. She married Judd, one of her background dancers, seven months later.


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