Queen Latifah (Star) and Jill Scott (Why Did I Get Married?) have been confirmed to headline Flint, Lifetime’s original movie about the water-contamination crisis in Flint, MI, from Sony Pictures TV. They will be joining recently announced stars Betsy Brandt and Marin Ireland. Queen Latifah also will serve as an executive producer on the project alongside Craig Zadan, Neil Meron and Katie Couric, reuniting with Zadan & Meron, Lifetime and Sony TV after collaborating on Steel Magnolias, the third most-watched original telecast ever in the network’s history. Storyline’s Mark Nicholson serves as co-executive producer.
Directed by Bruce Beresford from a script by Barbara Stepansky, Flint was inspired by the Time magazine cover story, “The Toxic Tap,” by Josh Sanburn. The film 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. Brandt, Scott and Ireland will play the inspired 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.
Latifah has amassed an array of award nominations and wins alike, recently receiving critical acclaim for her portrayal of blues singer Bessie Smith in the HBO’s Bessie (2015), which she co-produced, winning the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie. She currently portrays Carlotta Brown in the FOX Lee Daniels music drama, Star.
Scott is a multi-Grammy-award winner, having successfully crossed over to acting. In 2014, she starred in the film Get On Up as the second wife of James Brown. She also appeared as the lead role in the BBC/HBO series The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. She has a Lifetime relationship already having co-starred with Regina Hall and Eve in Lifetime Movie Networks’ With this Ring.
Flint begins production next week in Toronto. This is great news for the Latifah and Scott as well as further raising further awareness to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan!