Just days after Amy Schumer drops out of the live-action Barbie film, another actress leaves another high-profile project. Cher was set to star in an upcoming Lifetime film about the Flint, Michigan water crisis. The 70-year-old Oscar winner cites family issues as to why. She explained all in the statement below.
“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 to The Hollywood Reporter. “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. I’m so glad that Craig and Neil plan to move ahead and I know that this Lifetime movie will be done beautifully.”
The movie is inspired by the Time cover story “The Toxic Tap.” It explores how three women from the city fought to expose the contaminated water crisis, which resulted from a cost-cutting measure that switched the city’s water supply source. The character Cher was supposed to play is a resident whose family was heavily affected by the crisis.
Flint was scheduled to begin shooting in Toronto next month, but with Cher’s exit, production might get pushed back until another actress is cast. Who do you think should replace the “If I Could Turn Back Time” singer? Weigh in below.