Directed by Paul Shapiro. Tori Spelling. The film is a remake of the 1994 television film A Friend to Die For, based on the murder of Kirsten Costas, and has Martin appearing in a different role than in the 1994 version. With Aubrey Peeples, Morgan Taylor Campbell, Sarah Dugdale, Maddy Hillis. Kellie Martin. Pic credit: Lifetime. Although the story below was published in Ladies’ Home Journal — and was the topic of the 1994 made-for-TV movie “Death of a Cheerleader”/”A Friend to Die For” starring Tori Spelling and Kellie Martin — this story is a little different for me, because I was another teenage girl at the same school.. Directed by William A. Graham. Sarah Dugdale stars in ‘Death of a Cheerleader’ (Photographer: David Dolsen / Lifetime) A Friend to Die For was one of the quintessential TV movies, airing on NBC in 1994. An upper-middle class community is rocked by the sudden murder of a popular cheerleader at the hands of a humiliated outsider. The latest Lifetime movie hit today with Death of a Cheerleader, the remake of 1994’s television movie A Friend to Die For. When popular and beautiful Kellie Martin, who starred alongside Tori Spelling in the original, plays the FBI agent who cracks the case. Death of a Cheerleader explores the events leading up to and after the shocking crime that took place in this upper-middle class community. Based on the true story of a high school cheerleading hopeful who murdered the star cheerleader, Lifetime is telling the story for 2019 audiences in their production of Death of a Cheerleader. Sarah Dugdale was cast as … Aubrey Peeples on Death of a Cheerleader. A Friend to Die For (also known as Death of a Cheerleader in the UK and during subsequent Lifetime television airings) is a 1994 American psychological thriller television film directed by William A. Graham.Written by Dan Bronson, the film is based on the real-life murder of Kirsten Costas, who was killed by her classmate, Bernadette Protti, in 1984. James Avery. Death of a Cheerleader is a television film that aired on Lifetime on February 2, 2019 and starring Aubrey Peeples, Morgan Taylor Campbell, Sarah Dugdale, Madelyn Grace, Mackenzie Cardwell, and Kellie Martin. When popular and beautiful cheerleader Stacey is stabbed to death, who could have done it? William A. Graham. A shy outsider tries to make friends with the popular high school Oscars Best Picture Winners Best Picture Winners Golden Globes Emmys STARmeter Awards San Diego Comic-Con New York Comic-Con Sundance Film Festival Toronto Int'l Film Festival Awards Central Festival Central All Events Lifetime released a remake, also titled Death of a Cheerleader, on Feb. 2, 2019. With Kellie Martin, Tori Spelling, James Avery, Eugene Roche. It could have been asocial Goth girl Monica, it could've been angst-ridden Jill - or maybe it was the plain girl nobody suspected. STARRING. Eugene Roche. The murderer — named Bridget Moretti — was played by Aubrey Peeples. DIRECTOR.