Trump Film ‘The Apprentice’ Struggles to Find US Distributor After Cannes Premiere

NEW YORK (AP) — A recent film showcased at the Cannes Film Festival, titled “The Apprentice,” which delves into Donald Trump’s life in the 1980s, is facing challenges in securing a distributor in the United States.

The film offers a critical look at the former U.S. President during his younger years, highlighting his ascent in the New York real estate scene under the guidance of Roy Cohn, portrayed by Jeremy Strong, who served as the chief counsel during the Senate investigations led by Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s.

Despite its premiere at Cannes, “The Apprentice” has yet to attract interest from major studios or streaming services in the U.S. Trump’s reelection campaign spokesperson dismissed the movie as “pure fiction” and threatened legal action against the filmmakers.

While international distribution deals have been secured, negotiations for a U.S. release have been challenging. The film’s director, Ali Abbasi, expressed frustration over the lack of interest from American distributors on social media.

One controversial scene in the film depicts Trump allegedly raping his wife, Ivana Trump, played by Maria Bakalova. The scene has sparked discussions about its portrayal and potential influence on the film’s distribution.

Despite the hurdles, “The Apprentice” received positive reviews at Cannes, particularly praising the performance of Jeremy Strong. The film’s direct approach in addressing sensitive topics like fascism has garnered attention, but its release during an election year adds a layer of complexity for potential distributors.

As the film continues to navigate distribution challenges, its impact on viewers and potential future developments remain to be seen.

Donald Trump is a businessman, television personality, and former President of the United States. He was born on June 14, 1946, in Queens, New York. Trump graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in economics.

Throughout his career, Trump has been involved in various business ventures, including real estate development and entertainment. He gained nationwide fame as the host of the reality TV show “The Apprentice.”

In 2016, Trump won the presidential election and served as the 45th President of the United States until 2021. His presidency was marked by controversial policies and actions, leading to a tumultuous tenure. Trump continues to be a prominent figure in American politics and public discourse.