When the college admissions scandal broke, you couldn't deny how much it felt like a movie. And not just because two actresses, Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were at the center of it. The whole thing seems like something we'd see in a movie. So when Lifetime recently announced their plans to turn the whole thing into one on their network, no one was surprised. And now, Lifetime is revealing the two actresses playing the mothers at the center of the case.
Penelope Ann Miller (Riverdale) and Mia Kirshner (Star Trek Discovery) have been tapped to play the two moms in the movie, The College Admissions Scandal. At least the title is straightforward. Rounding out the main cast is actor Michael Shanks as Rock Singer, the man who is considered the "ringleader" of the whole thing.
Lifetime is slightly altering the story with The College Admissions Scandal. According to the network, the movie “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.”
So then the women get involved with Singer, who “offers a side door into the prestigious institutions of their dreams, Caroline and Bethany willingly partake with visions of coveted acceptance letters in their heads. But when Singer cooperates with the FBI and pleads guilty, the mothers who risked everything for their kids, must face the consequences of their crimes and the loss of trust and respect from their families.”
So instead of making the characters famous television actresses, they've made them prominent business women. But you can't deny that there is still a physical resemblance between the actresses, Huffman, and Loughlin. No word yet how their husbands will factor into the story. Felicity Huffman's husband, actor William H. Macy has been able to fly under the radar, but Lori Loughlin's husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, has been charged alongside his wife.
Huffman pleaded guilty back in May after being charged. She admitted to paying $15,000 dollars to Singer's organization to help cheat on her daughter's SAT test. Loughlin and Giannulli were charged for paying Singer $500,000 to get their two daughters admitted to USC by recruiting them as members of the crew team. They pleaded not guilty, even after additional charges of conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering were added.
The College Admissions Scandal is set to air on Lifetime this fall.