Production Weekly reports that Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony will begin filming El Cantante, an independently financed biopic of salsa singer Hector Lavoe.

Leon Ichaso (Piñero) wrote the script and will direct the real-life couple with Lopez playing Hector's wife, Puchi.

Lavoe was one of the biggest Spanish-language singers in the 1970s, but personal tragedy and a heroin addiction left him penniless and dying from complications from AIDS. Known as salsa's bad boy, he had a crystal-clear voice and an incomparable talent for improvisation.

Filming will begin November 14 in New York City for four weeks, and one week of production in Puerto Rico.