UPDATE: In late March, Cher announced: “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.”
Pop Goes The News — Cher will be in Toronto this spring to star in a TV movie about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
iHeartRadio.ca reported Wednesday morning that the 70-year-old icon is also an executive producer of the Lifetime movie Flint along with Katie Couric, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.
Zadan and Meron were producers of the 2002 made-in-Toronto Oscar-winning film Chicago.
Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy) will direct from a script by Barbara Stepansky that is based on a Time magazine cover story by Josh Sanburn.
Cher will play a Flint mother whose family is impacted by the city’s contaminated water.
The superstar has been a vocal critic of how the crisis was handled and partnered with Icelandic Glacial in January 2016 to send more than 180,000 bottles of water to Flint.
On Twitter, she called Michigan’s governor “a murderer.”
This will be Cher’s first acting role since 2010’s Burlesque. She won an Oscar in 1988 for Moonstruck, which was directed by Toronto’s Norman Jewison.
Flint is in production from April 3 to 28.