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The Apprentice - Donald Trump Biopic S : Sebastian Stan, J. Strong, M. Bakalova

From Deadline :Here’s one you probably didn’t see coming: Sebastian Stan, the Emmy and Golden Globe nominee known for his work in the MCU and the acclaimed Hulu miniseries Pam & Tommy, has been tapped for the role of a young Donald Trump in The Apprentice, a new film from Cannes prize-winning Iranian filmmaker Ali Abbasi (Holy Spider).

Also aboard the film in major roles are Emmy and Golden Globe winner Jeremy Strong (Succession) and Oscar nominee Maria Bakalova (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3). Production commenced this week.
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Uggh, I pass can't stand this orange shit stain.
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Re: The Apprentice - Donald Trump Biopic S : Sebastian Stan, J. Strong, M. Bakalova

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Uggh, I pass can't stand this orange shit stain.
I'm pretty sure it's not going to be a glamorous flattering portrayal.
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Why the hell would Sebastian Stan take this job?

Any big studio who touches this would be insane. Most likely this will be a small Indie film.
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So is this going to be a satirical comedy?
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Re: The Apprentice - Donald Trump Biopic S : Sebastian Stan, J. Strong, M. Bakalova

Why is this being called The Apprentice?

Since that was the title of his gameshow, it makes me think this going to an authorized, fawning piece since using that title would probably trigger trademark infringement and contract clauses if it wasn't.
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Re: The Apprentice - Donald Trump Biopic S : Sebastian Stan, J. Strong, M. Bakalova

Originally Posted by DJariya
Why the hell would Sebastian Stan take this job?

Any big studio who touches this would be insane. Most likely this will be a small Indie film.
First thing I thought of when I saw the announcement. LOL at Bakalova being cast for a movie about Trump though. Will she just play herself, reenacting her....scene with Rudy?

Also, we all know Alec Baldwin is the only person who should get the role.
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Re: The Apprentice - Donald Trump Biopic S : Sebastian Stan, J. Strong, M. Bakalova

Originally Posted by Josh-da-man
Why is this being called The Apprentice?

Since that was the title of his gameshow, it makes me think this going to an authorized, fawning piece since using that title would probably trigger trademark infringement and contract clauses if it wasn't.
Relax, it absolutely isn't.

From The Guardian

Donald Trump biopic: Sebastian Stan, Jeremy Strong and Maria Bakalova cast in The Apprentice

Stan, who recently played Tommy Lee in Pam & Tommy, will play the former US president in new film, joined by Strong as Roy Cohn and Bakalova as Ivana Trump

Michael Sun

Marvel star Sebastian Stan will play Donald Trump in an upcoming biopic, to be joined by Succession’s Jeremy Strong and Oscar nominee Maria Bakalova in leading roles.

Directed by Iranian film-maker Ali Abbasi, The Apprentice, which commenced production this week, is billed as an exploration of power and ambition in a world of corruption and deceit.

It is set in the 1970s and 80s and follows the former US president’s journey to becoming a New York real estate tycoon, alongside his relationship with Roy Cohn – the notorious attorney who became a mentor to Trump, and was later disbarred for unethical conduct.

The film’s logline describes it as “a mentor-protege story that charts the origins of an American dynasty” and “reveals the moral and human cost of a culture defined by winners and losers”.

Stan – best known for his role as a Captain America sidekick, as well as his Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated turn as Tommy Lee in the miniseries Pam & Tommy – will play a young Trump.

Strong has been cast as Cohn, Deadline reports. Bakalova – who broke out as Borat’s daughter in 2020’s Borat Subsequent Moviefilm – will play Trump’s first wife, Ivana.

Abbasi’s 2022 thriller Holy Spider was recently submitted as Denmark’s entry for best international feature film at the Oscars. Abbasi also helmed the last two episodes of acclaimed video game adaptation The Last of Us.

The film’s writer is journalist and author Gabriel Sherman, whose book The Loudest Voice in the Room – a biography of Fox News founder Roger Ailes – was adapted into the 2019 Showtime miniseries The Loudest Voice, starring Russell Crowe as Ailes.
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Re: The Apprentice - Donald Trump Biopic S : Sebastian Stan, J. Strong, M. Bakalova

I know Sebastian Stan isn't an A or even B list star and the strike hurt a lot of actors financially. But, if this was the best gig his agent could get him post-strike, then he needs a new agent.
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Re: The Apprentice - Donald Trump Biopic S : Sebastian Stan, J. Strong, M. Bakalova

This had a SAG waiver and would've filmed regardless of the strike. Abbasi is an acclaimed filmmaker and plenty of actors play unlikeable and detestable real life people.
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Re: The Apprentice - Donald Trump Biopic S : Sebastian Stan, J. Strong, M. Bakalova

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This had a SAG waiver and would've filmed regardless of the strike. Abbasi is an acclaimed filmmaker and plenty of actors play unlikeable and detestable real life people.
But usually not in the middle of that person being awful. Generally it would be much later when they're dead or out of public eye.
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Re: The Apprentice - Donald Trump Biopic S : Sebastian Stan, J. Strong, M. Bakalova

Originally Posted by DJariya
Why the hell would Sebastian Stan take this job?

Any big studio who touches this would be insane. Most likely this will be a small Indie film.
Originally Posted by DJariya
I know Sebastian Stan isn't an A or even B list star and the strike hurt a lot of actors financially. But, if this was the best gig his agent could get him post-strike, then he needs a new agent.
A little confused on the dramatics here. He'll be working with an extremely well respected director and playing a historical figure, no matter what people may think of Trump. Starring in Vice didn't seem to hurt Christian Bale. Brolin did fine after W. It's not like this is being directed by D'Souza.
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Re: The Apprentice - Donald Trump Biopic S : Sebastian Stan, J. Strong, M. Bakalova

I'm guessing this will be a story based around the business. Similar to Air, BlackBerry, etc.

If they want, they're going to be able to really dig at portraying his unethical dealings (unpaid contractors, debt shuffling). I wonder who will be cast as Jeffrey Epstein.

It's good material. Might land everyone in prison when Trump is elected next year. But I'm optimistic it'll be a good movie about business.
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Re: The Apprentice - Donald Trump Biopic S : Sebastian Stan, J. Strong, M. Bakalova

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But usually not in the middle of that person being awful. Generally it would be much later when they're dead or out of public eye.
W. came out in 2008. The Comey Rule series with Brendan Gleeson as Trump came out in 2020.

I'm not really sure why it matters.
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A little confused on the dramatics here. He'll be working with an extremely well respected director and playing a historical figure, no matter what people may think of Trump. Starring in Vice didn't seem to hurt Christian Bale. Brolin did fine after W. It's not like this is being directed by D'Souza.
Maybe I am overreacting a little. But IMO the name and anything associated with the name is toxic. Cheney and GWB may have been ridiculed during their time in office, but were never toxic public figures.
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Pass...I refuse to watch ANY Trump bio's or movies. I can't stand the sight and sound of him. Fuck that. .
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Re: The Apprentice - Donald Trump Biopic S : Sebastian Stan, J. Strong, M. Bakalova

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W. came out in 2008. The Comey Rule series with Brendan Gleeson as Trump came out in 2020.

I'm not really sure why it matters.
Vice came out in 2018 and was nominated for eight Oscars.
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Re: The Apprentice - Donald Trump Biopic S : Sebastian Stan, J. Strong, M. Bakalova

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But usually not in the middle of that person being awful. Generally it would be much later when they're dead or out of public eye.
Brendan Gleeson played Trump not that long ago.
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Originally Posted by clckworang
Vice came out in 2018 and was nominated for eight Oscars.
Right. 9 years after he left office. I can't imagine the film would have been welcomed if it was made while he was still causing war in Iraq.
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Maybe I am overreacting a little. But IMO the name and anything associated with the name is toxic. Cheney and GWB may have been ridiculed during their time in office, but were never toxic public figures.
I think a good argument could be made for both of them to be considered toxic public figures, especially Cheney.
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Right. 9 years after he left office. I can't imagine the film would have been welcomed if it was made while he was still causing war in Iraq.
Trump is currently president? And this movie is about events in the 1980s, so that's not really the same thing either.
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Trump is currently president? And this movie is about events in the 1980s, so that's not really the same thing either.
He certainly could be when this movie hits theaters.
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I still don't see the difference whether it comes out tomorrow or 10 years from now.
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Cool thing about this is it won't be his penis that talks to him...it will be his asshole.

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