Lifetime dropped the first trailer for the upcoming film based on the college admissions scandal late last week.
The film, “The College Admissions Scandal,” will tell the story of wealthy parents who are accused of paying bribes so that their children could be accepted into prestigious schools.
If this sounds familiar, it should — it’s based off real-life events that included celebrities Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, who were among dozens of wealthy parents accused of paying such bribes.
The film will star Penelope Ann Miller, Mia Kirshner, Sarah Dugdale, Sam Duke and Kendra Westwood, according to The Huffington Post.
The film will premiere on Lifetime on Oct. 12.
Watch the trailer below.
Lifetime moved rather quickly on this film. News about the actual real-life scandal dropped back in March, and the film was formally announced back in July.
Loughlin and Huffman, despite being actresses, were not considered for roles in the film.
“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.
And the two main characters aren’t really based off Loughlin or Huffman either, according to the Deseret News.
The synopsis for the film reads:
“‘College Admissions Scandal’ will follow two wealthy mothers who share an obsession with getting their teenagers into the best possible college. When charismatic college admissions consultant Rick Singer offers a side door into the prestigious institutions of their dreams, they 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 how much will it mimic the real-life scandal? Well, Slate points out that the “silliest” moment in the entire trailer is actually based off of the real-life events. Kirshner’s characters tells a man in the film that it was “worth every penny of the half-million dollars that we paid you,” to set up the college scandal.
“No, really—the line, which sounds like something a hack screenwriter would come up with after pulling an all-nighter, is basically taken from an FBI agent’s affidavit that states one of the parents allegedly involved in Operation Varsity Blues (not Huffman or Loughlin) said over the phone that she and her husband laugh about paying $500,000 to get their kid into college and that it was “worth every cent,’” according to Slate.