StudioCanal Acquires Donald Trump Movie 'The Apprentice' Before Cannes Premiere

Star-studded cast brings Trump's early years to the screen

by Zain ul Abedin
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StudioCanal Acquires Donald Trump Movie 'The Apprentice' Before Cannes Premiere
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Sebastian Stan and Jeremy Strong are set to star in the highly anticipated film "The Apprentice," which delves into Donald Trump’s rise to power in 1980s America. StudioCanal announced on Thursday that it has acquired the rights to Ali Abbasi’s Cannes competition entry for the U.K.

and Ireland, with a release scheduled for later this year. Directed by Abbasi and penned by Gabe Sherman, "The Apprentice" features an impressive cast. Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominee Sebastian Stan, known for his role in "Pam & Tommy," portrays Donald Trump.

Emmy, Golden Globe, and SAG Award winner Jeremy Strong, acclaimed for his performance in "Succession," takes on the role of Trump's influential mentor, Roy Cohn. The film also stars Martin Donovan ("Tenet") as Fred Trump Sr.

and Academy Award nominee Maria Bakalova ("Borat Subsequent Moviefilm") as Ivana Trump. Described as “a dive into the underbelly of the American empire,” "The Apprentice" follows a young Donald Trump as he ascends to power through a Faustian pact with the notorious right-wing lawyer and political fixer, Roy Cohn.

The film aims to provide a gritty, behind-the-scenes look at the machinations that propelled Trump to prominence during a transformative era in American politics.

Production and Financing

The production boasts a robust lineup of producers, including Daniel Bekerman for Scythia Films, Jacob Jarek for Profile Pictures, Ruth Treacy and Julianne Forde for Tailored Films, and Abbasi and Louis Tisné for Film Institute.

The team of executive producers includes notable names such as Amy Baer, Mark H. Rapaport, Emanuel Nunez, and Josh Marks, among others. Rocket Science is managing international sales for the project, which received financial backing from a consortium of entities including Kinematics, Head Gear Films, Screen Ireland, Film i Vast, The Danish Film Institute, and the National Bank of Canada.

Scheduled for release in 2024, "The Apprentice" is poised to captivate audiences in cinemas across the U.K. and Ireland. StudioCanal’s acquisition highlights the film's potential to resonate with viewers eager to explore the historical and political intricacies of Trump's early career.

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