*Cher has exited the Lifetime original movie “Flint,” due to family issues, TheWrap is reporting.
The Oscar-winner was set to star in and executive produce the film about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, but announced Friday she would be leaving the project due to family conflicts. She was set to play a resident who was affected by the disaster.
“This has been a project so near and dear to my heart and I was truly looking forward to helping tell this story,” she 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.”
The movie is also being produced by Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, and Katie Couric. “Driving Miss Daisy” director Bruce Beresford was attached to helm the project, which is based on the Feb. 2016 Time Magazine cover story, “The Toxic Tap” by Josh Sanburn.
This had been a passion project for the singer-actress, who has been outspoken on social media about the crisis. The city switched water sources in 2014, using the Flint River as a source while a new pipeline was being constructed. The water flowing into the city is polluted and of poor quality, often streaming brown from faucets. It was eventually found that the Flint River water was 19 times more corrosive than Detroit’s water.
In January of last year, Cher donated 180,000 bottles to the city.