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16 Apr, 2024 01:35

Trump biopic selected for top Cannes Film Festival award

‘The Apprentice’ is among the contenders for the prestigious Palme d’Or
Trump biopic selected for top Cannes Film Festival award

A biopic about the formative years of former US President Donald Trump will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival next month. Directed by acclaimed Iranian-Danish filmmaker Ali Abbasi, ‘The Apprentice’ tells the story of how the young Trump got started in the real estate business in New York in the 1970s and 1980s, and met his mentor Roy Cohn.

The film is among the 18 entries competing for Palme d’Or, the festival’s main award.

“The Apprentice is a dive into the underbelly of the American empire. It charts a young Donald Trump’s ascent to power through a Faustian deal with the influential right-wing lawyer and political fixer Roy Cohn,” according to the film’s official description.

Sebastian Stan – the star of Marvel superhero movies and the 2022 mini-series ‘Pam & Tommy’ – plays Trump, while Emmy-winning ‘Succession’ actor Jeremy Strong portrays Roy Cohn, a high-profile lawyer.

“His playbook has a tentacular reach that is staggering – the most fascinating person I’ve ever tried to inhabit,” Strong told the New York Times. “So while I personally might have a lot of judgment about Roy Cohn, that is not the part of me that engages in creative work.”

Bulgarian actress Maria Bakalova plays Ivana Zelnickova, Trump’s first wife and the mother of his daughter Ivanka and sons Donald Jr. and Eric.

The film is set to depict Trump’s early business ventures and rise after he joined and subsequently took over his father’s real estate empire. Under his leadership, the company branched out from residential properties to casinos and hotels, including Trump Tower in Manhattan and other Trump-branded properties.

Trump shocked the world by defeating Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election to become the 45th president of the United States. He left office after losing the 2020 election to Joe Biden. He is currently the presumptive Republican presidential nominee for 2024.