Academy Award winner Cher will star in an original movie for Lifetime TV about the water-contamination crisis that has affected the residents of Flint, MI, according to Deadline.com.
Oscar nominee Bruce Beresford (Tender Mercies) will direct. Production is expected to begin in the spring, although the project has not been officially greenlighted.
Penned by Barbara Stepansky, Flint, according to the industry website, "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 a “Flint resident whose family is seriously impacted by the water crisis."
Zadan and Meron, the stage and screen producers responsible for the rebirth of the live TV musical (live versions of The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, The Wiz, and Hairspray for NBC) were inspired by Josh Sanburn's "The Toxic Tap," a February Time magazine story. They later optioned the rights to the article.
Cher appeared on Broadway in the short-lived production of Ed Graczyk's Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, a role she later repeated on film. She earned the Academy Award for her performance in Moonstruck.
The Cher Show, the Broadway-aimed musical based on the life and career of the pop icon, kicked off a two-week staged reading in New York City January 2. The musical has a book by Tony Award-winning librettist Rick Elice (Jersey Boys, Peter and the Starcatcher). Avenue Q and Pitch Perfect’s Jason Moore directs the project, and Flody Suarez and Hamilton’s Jeffrey Seller are producing.