In a surprising casting announcement, Sebastian Stan, the Emmy and Golden Globe nominee recognized for his roles in the Marvel Avengers as the Winter Soldier, has been chosen to portray a young Donald Trump in the upcoming film “The Apprentice.” Reportedly, the film, helmed by Cannes prize-winning Iranian filmmaker Ali Abbasi, entered production this week.
Joining Stan in significant roles are Emmy and Golden Globe winner Jeremy Strong, known for his work in Succession, and Oscar nominee Maria Bakalova, recognized for her role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
What The Apprentice Movie is all About
The film is set to explore the theme of power and ambition within a backdrop of corruption and deceit, focusing on Trump’s endeavors to establish his real estate empire in 1970s and 1980s New York. The narrative will also delve into Trump’s association with the notorious attorney Roy Cohn, presenting a mentor-protege story that traces the origins of a prominent American dynasty. According to reports, Jeremy Strong will portray Cohn, while Maria Bakalova will take on the role of Trump’s first wife, Ivana.
The project surfaces amid former President Trump’s ongoing trial in New York for fraud. Despite facing multiple indictments, Trump, twice impeached, is reportedly eyeing a return to the Oval Office and currently leads as the Republican frontrunner for 2024.
Cast and Crew
Gabriel Sherman, acclaimed for his bestseller “The Loudest Voice in the Room,” which inspired the Showtime miniseries starring Russell Crowe as Fox News founder Roger Ailes, serves as the writer for “The Apprentice.”
Producers include Daniel Bekerman of Scythia Films, Jacob Jarek of Profile Pictures, and Ruth Treacy of Taylored Films, with executive producers Grant S. Johnson, Gabriel Sherman, and Amy Baer.
Kinematics is the financier in association with Founder/CEO Mark Rapaport and President Emanuel Nuñez.
Stan’s Most Notable Work
Sebastian Stan, recognized as one of the most versatile actors of his generation, has previously portrayed various real-life figures. His recent roles include Robinhood Markets CEO Vladimir Tenev in “Dumb Money” and Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee in Hulu’s “Pam & Tommy.” Known for his portrayal of Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier in the MCU, Stan is set to feature in the A24 thriller “A Different Man,” where he serves as an executive producer and stars alongside Reinate Reinsve.
Regarding his television career, Stan has portrayed diverse characters such as Carter Baizen in Gossip Girl, the Mad Hatter in Once Upon a Time, and T.J. Hammond in Political Animals, among others. Notably, he made a cameo as himself in the Peacock series Bupkis earlier this year.