Netflix is turning the story of the college admissions scandal into a new documentary. Titled Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal, the upcoming film will dig into the case that rocked Hollywood in 2019, with actors Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman both serving jail time for their involvement.
Operation Varsity Blues, which comes from Fyre director and Tiger King producer Chris Smith, will take a deep dive into the scheme that recruited multiple students from wealthy families into top schools like USC by falsifying their athletic records, altering their test scores, and bribing officials. The film promises to give viewers a look into the operation run by Rick Singer to get his clients’ children into their top colleges “using real conversations recreated from FBI wiretaps,” per Netflix.
Described by the streamer as “an examination that goes beyond the celebrity-driven headlines and dives into the methods used by Rick Singer, the man at the center of the shocking 2019 college admissions scandal, to persuade his wealthy clients to cheat an educational system already designed to benefit the privileged,” Operation Varsity Blues will give a new angle to the scandal. While most of the media coverage centered around Huffman and Loughlin, who both worked with Singer to get their daughters into top colleges, Netflix’s doc will instead look at the man who masterminded the operation.
“Using an innovative combination of interviews and narrative recreations of the FBI’s wiretapped conversations between Singer and his clients, Operation Varsity Blues offers a rare glimpse into the enigmatic figure behind a scheme that exposed the lengths wealthy families would go to for admission into elite colleges, and angered a nation already grappling with the effects of widespread inequality,” Netflix shared in a press release, per Entertainment Weekly.
While over 50 parents took part in Singer’s operation, Loughlin and Huffman received the most attention for their involvement in the scandal. Since the news first broke, both have pleaded guilty and served their sentences. Huffman, who pleaded guilty to paying to have her daughter’s SAT scores altered, served 11 days, leaving prison 3 days early and later completing her community service hours. Loughlin, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, served about two months in prison.
Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal premieres on Netflix Wednesday, March 17. Watch the teaser for the documentary above.
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