Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman have a new film coming out, but the Hollywood veterans aren’t part of the cast. Instead, they’re the inspiration. The actors dominated the headlines earlier this year when an FBI investigation on the pair, along with 50 other people, led to arrests and possible jail time. Loughlin and Huffman are the two most famous faces in the group of wealthy parents who were involved in a bribery scheme to gain their children acceptance to Ivy League colleges.
Dubbed the Varsity Blues scandal by the press, Lifetime is tentatively going with the less catchy title College Admissions Scandal, which will focus “on the story that captivated a nation where over 50 privileged and elite individuals from across the country were exposed for criminally conspiring to influence the undergraduate admissions decisions at some of America’s top schools.”
Lifetime released a press release about the film, saying “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.”
The actual mastermind behind the scandal is college consultant William Singer, so Lifetime is really branching out with the creative name changes. We expect to see Dori Doughlin and Fiona Huffman as the two main characters when the made for TV movie hits the small screen.
Huffman has pleaded guilty to charges of mail fraud and honest mail fraud after the Desperate Housewives actor was accused of paying $15,000 to help her daughter Sofia cheat the SATs. Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, have pled not guilty to paying $500,000 in bribes to get daughters Olivia and Bella into the University of Southern California, even having the girls pose next to boats in order to have them recruited to the rowing team.
Huffman is currently awaiting her sentencing and while she could face up to 20 years in jail, prosecutors are reportedly recommending she be sentenced somewhere in the range of 10 months to two years. Huffman’s husband, actor William H. Macy, has still not be charged, though there are reportedly wiretaps proving that he was aware of his wife’s actions.
As for Loughlin and Giannulli, they have maintained their innocence on the charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Following their decision to not plead guilty, the couple were hit with the additional charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering, with both parties facing 40 years in jail.
Following the investigation, Loughlin was fired from her TV shows Fuller House and When Calls The Heart. Huffman had already filmed the Netflix series When They See Us and the new movie Otherwood, which is set to be released August 2.