(BPRW) QUEEN LATIFAH, JILL SCOTT, BETSY BRANDT AND MARIN IRELAND SET TO STAR IN LIFETIME’S FLINT
Film from Executive Producers Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Katie Couric, Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere Tackles the Water Crisis in Flint, Michigan
(Black PR Wire) LOS ANGELES, CA – Golden Globe® and Grammy® Award-winner and Oscar®-nominee Queen Latifah (Star, The Rap Game) is set to executive produce and star in the Lifetime Original Movie Flint, alongside Grammy®-winner Jill Scott, Screen Actors Guild Award®-winner Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad) and Independent Spirit Award®-nominee Marin Ireland (Sneaky Pete, Hell or High Water). The project, from Sony Pictures Television, marks a reunion for Queen Latifah, Scott, Zadan and Meron who collaborated on Lifetime and Sony’s record- breaking film, Steel Magnolias, the third most-watched original telecast ever in the network’s history.
Inspired by the Time magazine cover story, “The Toxic Tap,” by Josh Sanburn. The project 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. Scott, Brandt and Ireland will portray real-life activists and Latifah will play a fourth resident, fighting to expose the poisoning of the community during the horrific events of the water crisis.
Flint begins production next week.
Executive producers of the Oscar®-winning Chicago, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron executive produce along with Emmy®-winning journalist, Katie Couric. Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere from Flavor Unit also executive produce and Mark Nicholson serves as co-executive producer. Oscar®-nominee Bruce Beresford will direct from a script by Barbara Stepansky.
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