Sebastian Stan to Star as Donald Trump in 'The Apprentice' Biopic Alongside Jeremy Strong

'The Last of Us' director Ali Abbasi will be behind the camera

BY Ben OkazawaPublished Dec 1, 2023

The Last of Us director Ali Abbasi is set to helm a Donald Trump biopic, and, in what can only be described as a massive favour to the former president, he's tapped borderline heartthrob Sebastian Stan for the lead role.

Stan, who recently starred as Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee in Hulu's Pam & Tommy series, will play a young Trump as he navigates the real estate business in New York City during the 1970s and '80s under the tutelage of lawyer Roy Cohn (portrayed by Jeremy Strong). 

The film, titled The Apprentice in a nod to Trump's long-running reality show, will also star Maria Bakalova as his first wife, Ivana. 

Strong's turn in The Apprentice comes directly on the heels of his extremely potent run on Succession, in which he played a fictional power-hungry businessman. Now, he'll play real-life power-hungry (and corrupt) lawyer and "political hitman" Cohn, who was disbarred in 1986 for unethical and unprofessional conduct. 

Deadline reported that production on the movie got underway this week. 

To learn more about Cohn and his role in Trump's rise to fame, check out a trailer for 2019 documentary Where's My Roy Cohn? below. 

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