Queen Latifah and Jill Scott are set to star in Lifetime’s upcoming original movie revolving around Flint, Michigan’s water contamination problem that’s been dubbed the Flint Water Crisis.
According to Deadline, Flint was inspired by the Time magazine cover story, “The Toxic Tap,” by Josh Sanburn. It follows the true story of three women from Flint who sought justice following the wrongdoing committed against the residents of the city who were unknowingly drinking and using lead-laden water. Their actions inspired a national movement for safe drinking water despite the political powers working against them at every turn.
Actresses Betsy Brandt and Marin Ireland will also star in this project. Brandt, Scott and Ireland will play real-life activists and Latifah will play a resident, fighting to expose the poisoning of the community during the horrific events of the water crisis.
Queen Latifah also will serve as an executive producer on the project alongside Craig Zadan, Neil Meron and Katie Couric. She previously worked with Zadan and Meron Lifetime’s third most-watched original telecast ever in the network’s history, Steel Magnolias.
Production for Flint starts next month in Toronto.