Queen Latifah is set to executive produce and star in the Lifetime original movie “Flint,” which will take on the Flint, Michigan, water crisis, the network announced Thursday.
The network also announced that Grammy winner Jill Scott, Betsy Brandt (“Breaking Bad”) and Marin Ireland (“Hell or High Water”) will also be starring in the project from Sony Pictures Television.
Scott, Brandt and Ireland are playing real-life activists from Flint who fought for justice after it was discovered that the city was drinking toxic water. Latifah will play a fourth resident who gets personally caught up in the fight.
“So proud to help tell the story of these warriors!” Ireland tweeted about the project.
— Marin Ireland (@MarinIreland) April 13, 2017
The movie is being produced by Craig Zadan, Neil Meron and Katie Couric. “Driving Miss Daisy” director Bruce Beresford was attached to helm the project, which is based on the February 2016 Time Magazine cover story, “The Toxic Tap” by Josh Sanburn.
This is the second time Latifah has teamed up with Zadan, Meron and Scott on a Lifetime film. The first project, a remake of “Steel Magnolias,” was the third most-watched original broadcast in the network’s history, a Lifetime spokesperson said in a press release.
“Flint” will begin production next week.