Cher Exits Lifetime's Flint Water Crisis Movie Due to 'Serious Family Issue'

Cher, who in January was announced as both the star and co-executive producer of Flint, a Lifetime movie based on the ongoing Flint, Mich. water crisis, is no longer affiliated with the project.

In a statement released exclusively to Deadline, the Oscar-winning actress says that a “serious family issue” has forced her to pull out of the Toronto-based production, which is still on track to begin filming in April.

“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. “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 [executive producers] Craig [Zadan] and Neil [Meron] plan to move ahead and I know that this Lifetime movie will be done beautifully.”

Flint would have marked Cher’s first major dramatic TV role since appearing in HBO’s 1996 abortion-rights movie If These Walls Could Talk, for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination. Her role has not yet been recast.

Are you disappointed by Cher’s Flint exit? And will you still tune in for the film’s eventual premiere? 

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  1. GuessWhat says:

    hope her mom is OK — she is quite old now.

    • ToyCannon says:

      I wonder if this could be related to Greg Allman’s serious health issues? He canceled all tour dates for health reasons. She stayed close to Sonny after the divorce, perhaps she did the same with Greg.

  2. Mark J Williams says:

    WI’ll probably watch. Not really sure anymore. Cher was such a big part of this. Understand but so many will be disappointed