Report: Cher to star in TV movie on Flint water crisis
The Flint water crisis is poised to hit the small-screen — reportedly with Cher.
The iconic entertainer who has spoken out about the ongoing issue affecting the beleaguered Genesee County city was tapped to star in “Flint,” an original TV movie revolving around the situation, the Hollywood Reporter reported Thursday.
Cher, 70, is reportedly set to portray a Flint resident whose family is affected by the crisis, which stemmed from the city’s switch from Detroit's Lake Huron water system to Flint River water in April 2014 while under control of an emergency manager, according to the article.
Hollywood Reporter says the dramatization, inspired by a Time magazine article, will be executive produced by the Oscar-winning singer-actress along with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron of “The Wiz Live!” as well as TV journalist Katie Couric. Zadan and Meron’s Storyline Entertainment optioned the rights to the article with Sony TV, and indie filmmaker Barbara Stepansky is penning the project, Deadline.com reported.
The project is another Flint connection for Cher, who was among the first celebrities to speak up about the water crisis. In January 2016, the star lashed out at Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Twitter, suggesting he is a “killer” and a “criminal” because of his role in the public health emergency. She also wrote a tweet that ended with “#FIRINGSQUADWORKSFORME,” in apparent reference to Snyder.
Cher also sent 200,000 bottles of water for people in Flint. Residents have been instructed to use only filtered or bottled water for consumption, and researchers have encouraged those practices until further notice from state or federal officials. No amount of lead is considered safe.
In an interview with “The View” last January, the performer, who grew up in Southern California, said she can relate to the people residents.
“I grew up as a poor child, and I know what it’s like to have no one care about you or to have no power,” she said at the time. “And so I just cannot tell you the outrage that I feel.”
The singer, who has been readying her forthcoming “Classic Cher” residency tour, also spent time in Michigan last fall, campaigning for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.