Early this year, we reported that Cher was going to be starring in a movie about the Flint Water Crisis. And naturally, as weird as that sounds, people expressed their concerns. The Flint Water Crisis is ongoing, what’s a movie gon do? Maybe that would work better if the issue had been resolved.
Furthermore, could the money spent to produce the movie, be better served being donated to the people of Flint? The plan doesn’t seem like an entirely good one. But recent news shows that Cher is no longer attached to the project. Instead, she’s being replaced by a couple of familiar faces.
According to Deadline, Queen Latifah and Jill Scott are involved in the Lifetime TV movie as well.
Queen Latifah will executive produce the project, reuniting with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who produced Steel Magnolias, the network’s third-most-watched original telecast ever. Latifah will also portray a resident of Flint fighting to expose the poisoning of the community.
The script is inspired by the Time magazine cover story, “The Toxic Tap,” which “follows the story of three women from Flint who sought justice following the wrongdoing committed against the residents of the city who were unknowingly drinking and using lead-laden water. Their actions inspired a national movement for safe drinking…”
Jill Scott is will play a real-life activist.
Cher had to pull out from the project last month after citing a serious family issue that prevents her from leaving Los Angeles. Flint will be shot in Toronto starting next week.
Veronica Wells is the culture editor at MadameNoire.com. She is also the author of “Bettah Days.” You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter @VDubShrug.