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Lifetime names lead stars for ‘College Admissions Scandal’ film

In a surprise to no one, it won’t star Lori Loughlin

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Lori Loughlin arrives at the Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday Aug. 30, 2009, in Los Angeles.

Lori Loughlin arrives at the Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday Aug. 30, 2009, in Los Angeles.

Matt Sayles, Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — It’s official. Lori Loughlin won’t be in the film about the college admissions scandal.

Entertainment Weekly reports that Penelope Ann Miller (“American Crime”) and Mia Kirshner (“Star Trek: Discovery”) will play Caroline and Bethany, the two main characters in the upcoming film, “The College Admissions Scandal.”

In the film Caroline, an interior designer, and Bethany, a financial services owner, become clients of a person named Rick Singer, a college admissions consultant who will do anything to get the women’s children into college.

Caroline and Bethany are reportedly based on women like Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, as well as the dozens of other parents named in the college admissions scandal earlier this spring. Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli are accused of paying $500,000 in bribes so that their daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Giannulli, would become team crew recruits for the University of Southern California. Loughlin and Giannulli pleaded not guilty. Huffman, meanwhile, pleaded guilty in her case.

The Rick Singer character will be based off of the real-life Singer, who served as the mastermind for the entire scandal.

Reports for weeks have suggested that neither Loughlin nor Huffman will be in the college admissions scandal film, which I wrote about for the Deseret News. The characters Caroline and Bethany won’t be dramatized versions of the real-life women, either.

“Even though many would think Loughlin and Huffman would be a shoe-in, especially since they don’t have any projects lined up, sources close to production tell us the two women are not being considered for the starring roles,” according to The Blast.

Lifetime has previously released films based on real-life events. For example, they released films called “The Unauthorized Beverly Hills, 90210 Story,” “The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story” and “Unauthorized Full House Story,” which played off the real-life events featured in those titles, according to BuzzFeed News.