Never has a high schooler taking a standardized test seemed as dramatic as in the trailer for Lifetime's "The College Admissions Scandal."
In the trailer for the Lifetime movie, which premieres on Oct. 12, two women are seen going to desperate lengths to get their teenage children into college, including "money laundering" and "fake SATS, fake sports" — but it's soon clear their illegal activities will have consequences as authorities close in and their families erupt.
The movie trailer says it's inspired by a true story: Operation Varsity Blues. The scam saw dozens of parents allegedly paying William "Rick" Singer, a college admissions consultant, thousands of dollars to alter their children's SAT scores or help them fake a sport to get their way into prestigious universities. The two women in the film are likely inspired by actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, both of whom were implicated in the scheme.
Huffman was sentenced to 14 days in prison after pleading guilty to paying Singer $15,000 to rig her daughter's SAT scores. Loughlin, meanwhile, is accused of paying Singer $500,000 to get her two daughters into the University of Southern California as crew team recruits, even though neither played the sport; she has pleaded not guilty and faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted.
The film stars stars Penelope Ann Miller ("Riverdale," "American Crime") and Mia Kirshner ("Star Trek: Discovery," "The L Word").
It's not the only project in the works about the scam either; Annapurna is producing a miniseries based off an upcoming book about the scandal, while Vanity Fair contributing editor Evgenia Peretz' investigative piece about the story is also being developed for the small screen, reports Deadline.
Watch the trailer, below.
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