A real-world crisis that has been making headlines for the past couple of years is at the center of a new project at Lifetime that features an impressive lineup of A-listers.
In an exclusive, Deadline.com reports that Oscar winner Cher is on board to star in “Flint,” an original movie that will focus on the water-contamination crisis in Flint, Mich. Heavyweight director Bruce Beresford, a two-time Oscar nominee, is set to direct.
Cher will also be an executive producer on the movie along with Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, and Katie Couric. The project, from Sony TV, “has not been formally greenlighted yet but is expected to begin production in the spring,” Deadline notes.
“The project, written by Barbara Stepansky, has been in fast track development since Lifetime bought it last April,” Deadline reports. “The hard-hitting fact-based drama examines the events that led to the ‘toxic crime’ committed against the residents of Flint. It is looking to shed light not only on the politics and poor management that led to the poisoning of the water, but also the human element of the residents who not only suffered but whose voices were ignored. Cher will play the key role of a Flint resident whose family is seriously impacted by the water crisis.”
Cher won an Oscar in 1988 for her lead role in “Moonstruck” and was also nominated for her supporting role in “Silkwood” in 1984. She won an Emmy in 2003 for “Cher: The Farewell Tour” and has six other Emmy nominations for her musical and variety work, going back to “The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour” in the early 1970s.
Beresford was nominated for Oscars for best director for “Tender Mercies” in 1984 and for writing on “Breaker Morant” in 1981.