Cher drops out of ‘Flint’ movie
Sadly, Cher has dropped out of Flint, a Lifetime TV movie about the Flint, Michigan, water contamination crisis.
The Oscar winner says family issues prevent her from being able to begin shooting Flint in Toronto next month.
‘This has been a project so near and dear to my heart and I was truly looking forward to helping tell this story,’ Cher said in a statement.
‘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.’
Cher added: ‘I’m so glad that [executive producers] Craig [Zadan] and Neil [Meron] plan to move ahead and I know that this Lifetime movie will be done beautifully.’
Cher’s role will be that of a Flint resident whose family is impacted by the poisoned water.
The fact-based drama not only looks at the human element of the crisis but also at the politics and poor management that led to it.
The ultimate gay icon had been passionate in speaking out about the crisis and has donated vast amounts of clean drinking water to the residents of Flint.
Focusing more on live performing in recent decades, Cher has made relatively few films since her Academy Award-winning performance in the 1987 film Moonstruck.
But several of her movies have been memorable including Mask, Silkwood, The Witches of Eastwick, Suspect, Tea with Mussolini, Mermaids and Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean.
Cher has made only one other TV movie in her career. It was 21 years ago when she was one of the stars of the HBO trilogy of abortion stories If These Walls Could Talk for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award.
It’s not known if Cher will remain a producer on the movie along with Zadan, Meron, and Katie Couric.