‘The Apprentice’: All About the New Donald Trump Movie Starring Sebastian Stan

Following its Cannes Film Festival debut, Trump responded to the film with a new statement. Learn all about 'The Apprentice,' its release date and more.

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The Apprentice film made its debut at the 2024 Cannes Film Festival — and it sent shockwaves among viewers for its depiction of Donald Trump. Aside from a sexual assault scene, Sebastian Stans portrayal of a young Trump spurred a response from the former host of the reality TV series The Apprentice. As details about the controversial movie makes its rounds on social media, Hollywood Life has rounded up everything you need to know about the new film.

What Is ‘The Apprentice’ About?

Per its official longline, 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.”

The movie also claims to be inspired by “true events” from Trump’s life and career so far.

After it premiered at Cannes, viewers revealed that a graphic rape scene is featured in the film between Trump and his ex-wife Ivana Trump. Per Variety, the scene begins with Ivan (portrayed by actress Maria Bakalova) playfully showing a book about female orgasms to her husband. The interaction between them quickly takes a sharp turn, and the character Trump reveals he doesn’t want her anymore. After they argue, Trump rapes her.

‘The Apprentice’ Release Date

There is currently no official release date for The Apprentice. Following its Cannes Film Festival premiere, the movie is up for sale.

How Did Donald Trump Respond to the Movie?

Upon hearing about the film’s portrayal of him, Trump and his campaign responded by calling it “garbage.” Per a statement by campaign spokesperson Steven Cheung, they plan to file a lawsuit “to address the blatantly false assertions from these pretend filmmakers.”

“This garbage is pure fiction which sensationalizes lies that have been long debunked,” the spokesperson added, according to the Associated Press.

Director Ali Abbasi spoke to reporters at Cannes, noting, “I don’t necessarily think that this is a movie he would dislike. I don’t necessarily think he would like it. I think he would be surprised, you know? And like I’ve said before, I would offer to go and meet him wherever he wants and talk about the context of the movie, have a screening and have a chat afterwards, if that’s interesting to anyone at the Trump campaign.”

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