Lifetime greenlights 'Victoria Gotti: My Father's Daughter' and 'Death of a Cheerleader' for 2019

'Death of a Cheerleader' remake to bring back Kellie Martin from the original movie where she plays the role of an FBI agent


                            Lifetime greenlights 'Victoria Gotti: My Father's Daughter' and 'Death of a Cheerleader' for 2019

Lifetime has announced the addition of two movies to the network's collection of originals in 2019. The first is 'Victoria Gotti: My Father's Daughter', which will be executive produced, narrated, and co-written by the real-life daughter of John Gotti, Victoria Gotti, while the second movie is a remake of 'Death of a Cheerleader', which is a cult film in itself starring Kellie Martin. Martin will be a part of this remake too. 

(L-R) Maurice Benard, Victoria Gotti, Chelsea Frei. Photo Courtesy: Lifetime Entertainment
(L-R) Maurice Benard, Victoria Gotti, Chelsea Frei. Photo Courtesy: Lifetime Entertainment

Victoria Gotti's life story has turned many heads and she has now decided to guide the audience on a journey called her life. Victoria, played by Chelsea Frei will share the tragedy of her brother's death and her marriage with a man her father did not accept. Along with these stories which were already in public, Gotti will reveal stories that have never been heard before and take us deep into her world and what it was really like to grow up as the daughter of mob boss John Gotti (played by Maurice Benard), revealing the glamor, glitz and unique hardships of her world. 

Victoria has fought a battle against her father's legacy her entire career and how that reflects in how people view her. In an interview with Reality tea, Victoria had said, “I can show you who I am, what I do and that’s it. They’re always going to suspect you – I can’t change that.” Maybe, with this movie, Victoria can reach out to all those people who just view her as the daughter of Gotti. 

The movie is produced by Relevé Entertainment for Lifetime with Victoria Gotti, Jennifer Wachtell (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) and Holly Carter (Home is Where You Find It) executive producing. Catherine Cyran (The Prince & Me) directs from a script co-written by Victoria Gotti and David Schneiderman (Chasing Liberty). The film is based on Gotti’s book 'This Family of Mine: What It Was Like Growing Up Gotti'.  Victoria Gotti will appear on camera narrating her story.  

(L-R) Aubrey Peeples, Kellie Martin, Sarah Dugdale. Photo Courtesy: Lifetime Entertainment
(L-R) Aubrey Peeples, Kellie Martin, Sarah Dugdale. Photo Courtesy: Lifetime Entertainment

'Death of a Cheerleader' is inspired by Randall Sullivan's Rolling Stone article about the real-life murder of a popular high school cheerleader by her classmate. It stars Aubrey Peeples as Bridget Moretti, who is a shy outsider from a lower middle-class background. She aspires more from her life, to be beautiful, popular and perfect in everything which drives her to befriend the rich and pretty girl in high school, Kelly Locke played by Sarah Dugdale. However, Locke rejects her friendship and the humiliation from it fills Bridget with rage, which will lead to murder. 'Death of a Cheerleader' explores the events leading up to and after the shocking crime that took place in the upper-middle class community. Kellie Martin, who starred alongside Tori Spelling in the original movie, plays the role of an FBI agent who cracks the case. 

'Death of a Cheerleader is produced by Just Singer Entertainment and Reunion Pacific Entertainment. The Executive producers are Matthew O’Connor, Paddy Bickerton, Steve White and Sheri Singer and Paul Shapiro has directed from a script written by Caitlin D. Fryers.