Singer and actress Cher has dropped out of a TV project, saying she would not be able to travel to Toronto, where the production is set to film. Deadline.com reports that Cher cited a family issue that would prevent her participation in the Lifetime TV movie “Flint,” about the water crisis in Flint, Mich.
“The movie, executive produced by Craig Zadan, Neil Meron and Katie Couric, has been in the process of casting the other roles,” Deadline notes. “The Sony TV-produced film remains on track to start filming in April as scheduled. It is unclear whether the part, which was written for Cher, would be recast.”
Cher issued a statement saying: “This has been a project so near and dear to my heart, and I was truly looking forward to helping tell this story. Unfortunately, I will be unable to leave Los Angeles during the scheduled filming as I am dealing with a serious family issue that prevents me from going on location for the April filming. I’m so glad that Craig and Neil plan to move ahead, and I know that this Lifetime movie will be done beautifully.”
Cher has been active in raising awareness of the crisis in Flint, and had reached out to the producers of “Flint” to express her interest in being a part of the movie. She was to play a Flint resident whose family was impacted by the crisis.