This weekend, Lifetime offers a new take on an old tale with the premiere of Death of a Cheerleader starring Aubrey Peeples and Sarah Dugdale. Peeples plays Bridget Moretti, a shy overachiever from a lower-middle-class background who aspires to be popular and perfect at everything. As she navigates the social hierarchy at her high school, Bridget attempts to befriend popular cheerleader Kelly Locke (Dugdale, pictured above left, opposite Peeples), leader of the school’s most prestigious clique, and cement her social status. When things don’t go as planned, Bridget finds herself rejected and humiliated. Fueled by jealousy and rage, and unable to contain her emotions, the teenager brutally murders her classmate in cold blood. Inspired by a Rolling Stone article penned by Randall Sullivan, the 1984 events were first recounted in the 1994 television movie A Friend to Die For starring Kelly Martin and Tori Spelling that would go onto become a cult classic. " I wasn't really familiar with the original] at all," Peeples said when MediaVillage recently spoke to her and co-star Dugdale. "It was very shocking to me, especially considering how young they were."
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