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Cher is returning to acting.
After her last major onscreen role in 2010's Burlesque, the Hollywood icon is coming to Lifetime to address the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
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This announcement comes after two of Flint's former emergency managers and two water plant officials were charged with false pretenses and conspiracy. The accusations against the four officials include the purported misuse of millions in bonds to finance construction of a new pipeline and make the Flint River the source of drinking water for the city. There have been 13 charges handed out since the water crisis began.
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Flint won't be the first time Cher, 70, has tackled »
Cher‘s got you, Flint.
The 70-year-old Oscar winner has tapped her next project — a Lifetime original movie about the water-contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan.
The upcoming film, titled Flint, examines the politics and poor management that lead to the poisoning of the Michigan water, Deadline reports — and the residents whose voices and suffering were ignored.
Cher will play a Flint resident whose family is impacted by the crisis.
It’s a fitting role for the actress and singer. She’s been outspoken on social media about the crisis, donating bottled water to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan in the thousands. »
- Dave Quinn
Cher will star in Lifetime’s TV movie “Flint” about the water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan, Variety has confirmed.
In addition to starring, Cher will also serve as executive producer with Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, and Katie Couric, who are all producing. Bruce Beresford will direct, and Barbara Stepansky is writing. The telepic — which was first announced last spring — has not been officially greenlit yet, but is expected to begin production this spring, according to Deadline, which first broke news of Cher’s casting. Sony Television is the studio.
Unlike other Lifetime TV movies, the project is expected to be a hard-hitting fact-based drama. It will explore the events that led to the toxic crime and will shed light on politics of the poor management and the human element of residents who suffered and were ignored. Cher will play a local Flint resident whose family is impacted by the water crisis.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
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