Donald Trump’s lawyers seek to block film ‘The Apprentice’, starring Sebastian Stan.

Recently, Donald Trump’s lawyers have sent a cease and desist letter to the filmmakers behind ‘The Apprentice’ in an attempt to block its sale and release in the United States.

The letter warns the team behind the film not to pursue a distribution deal, according to two people who have read the letter. This action has generated great media and legal interest around the film, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this week.

Ali Abbasi, the Iranian-Danish director known for ‘Holy Spider’ and ‘Border,’ commented on Trump’s legal threats at a press conference in Cannes: “Everyone talks about him suing a lot of people, but they don’t talk of their success rate, you know?” Abbasi also offered to screen the film for Trump, stating, “I don’t necessarily think this is a film that he wouldn’t enjoy.”

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What do Donald Trump’s lawyers appeal in their complaint against ‘The Apprentice’?

In the complaint, Trump’s lawyers argue that the film is a malicious libel that should not see the light of day. Steven Cheung, the Trump campaign’s communications director, described the film bluntly: “This ‘movie’ is pure malicious smear, should not see the light of day, and does not even deserve a place in the DVD section of discount at a movie store about to close, belongs to a dumpster fire.”

Lawyers point out that the film’s portrayal of Trump is highly negative and filled with controversial and damaging accusations. Among them are scenes depicting Trump as an ethically compromised businessman, who deceives contractors and makes deals with the mafia to complete his buildings, as well as scandalous personal details such as the use of amphetamines, liposuction and plastic surgery.

Sebastian Stan will play Donald Trump in ‘The Apprentice’

What is ‘The Apprentice’ about?

‘The Apprentice’ is a film that examines Trump’s early years as a real estate developer and his relationship with Roy Cohn, a well-known New York prosecutor who worked with Senator Joseph McCarthy during the Second Witch Hunt. Directed by Ali Abbasi and written by Gabriel Sherman, the film offers an in-depth and critical look at Trump’s career in the 1970s and 1980s in New York. Sebastian Stan plays Donald Trump, while Jeremy Strong plays Roy Cohn.

The plot focuses on the mentor-protégé dynamic between Trump and Cohn, documenting the beginning of an American dynasty and exploring themes of power, corruption and deception. The film also stars Maria Bakalova as Ivana Trump and Martin Donovan as Fred Trump.

The film’s producers defend their work as a fair and balanced portrait of the former president. In a statement about the cease and desist letter, they said, “We want everyone to see it and then decide.”

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When is ‘The Apprentice’ released?

‘The Apprentice’ had its world premiere at the 77th Cannes Film Festival on May 20, 2024. Prior to its Cannes premiere, StudioCanal acquired distribution rights for the United Kingdom and Ireland.

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