Lifetime is starting production on a new original movie surrounding the recent college admissions scandals. The network announced this week that Penelope Ann Miller (Riverdale, American Crime) and Mia Kirshner (Star Trek: Discovery, The L Word) will star in “The College Admissions Scandal,” which follows the story of over 50 wealthy and elite families that tried to cheat the college admissions system. Production on the project is expected to start this month, and the movie will premiere this fall.
The movie is part of Lifetime’s “Ripped From the Headlines” slate which includes “Escaping the NXIVM Cult: A Mother’s Fight to Save Her Daughter,” “Abducted: The Mary Stauffer Story,” and “Trapped: The Alex Cooper Story.”
According to the network, “The College Admissions Scandal” follows two wealthy mothers, Caroline (Miller), a sought after interior designer and Bethany (Kirshner), an owner of a successful financial services firm, who share an obsession with getting their teenagers into the best possible college. When college admissions consultant Rick Singer (Michael Shanks,Stargate: Atlantis, Saving Hope) offers a side door into the prestigious institutions of their dreams, Caroline and Bethany willingly partake to get their daughters accepted into top tier schools. Things fall apart when Singer cooperates with the FBI and pleads guilty, and the mothers who risked everything for their kids, must face the consequences of their crimes.
The film is executive produced by Gail Katz, and Adam Salky is directing from a script by Stephen Tolkin.
Details on the movie are slim, but the story lines up with the recent college admissions scandal involving Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin. Huffman pleaded guilty to the charges against her on May 13th, and is awaiting sentencing on September 13th. Loughlin pleaded not guilty to the charges of bribing athletic officials. Either way, it should be an interesting movie, and social-media usually loves to get involved in these Lifetime originals when they air.
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