4:37pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Cher to Star in Lifetime Movie About Flint Water Crisis
Cher is headed for Lifetime.
The iconic singer-actress has been tapped to star in Flint, a TV movie based on the Flint, Mich., water crisis, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Craig Zadan, Neil Meron and Katie Couric will executive produce, alongside Cher. Bruce Beresford will direct the movie from Sony Pictures Television. Barbara Stepansky will pen the script.
Cher will portray a Flint resident whose family is impacted by the water crisis.
The drama is based on events in Flint about the poor management that led to water poisoning as well as the human elements of the residents who suffered — and whose voices were ignored. The movie was inspired by a February 2016 cover story in Time magazine called "The Toxic Tap," by Josh Sanburn.
Zadan and Meron's Sony Pictures TV-based Storyline Entertainment optioned the rights to the story.
This is Cher's second TV movie role, following HBO's 1996 If These Walls Could Talk, for which she scored a Golden Globe nomination. She has been actively involved in helping Flint residents, including donating thousands of bottles of water. "This is a tragedy of staggering proportion and shocking that it's happening in the middle of our country," the Oscar winner said at the time.