Sebastian Stan is playing young Donald Trump in a movie titled “The Student” from Iranian filmmaker Ali Abbasi (“Holy Spider”), Variety can confirm.
The cast also includes “Succession” Emmy winner Jeremy Strong as Roy Cohn and “Borat 2” and “Bodies Bodies Bodies” actor Maria Bakalova as Ivana Trump. According to the logline, “‘The Student’ is an exploration of power and ambition set in a world of corruption and deceit. It’s a mentor-protege story that charts the origins of an American dynasty. Filled with larger than life characters, it reveals the moral and human cost of a culture defined by winners and losers.”
Gabriel Sherman, author of “The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News – and Divided a Country,” will write the film about Trump. His novel inspired the Showtime miniseries “The Loudest Voice,” which starred Russell Crowe as Roger Ailes. “The Student” is a co-production between Daniel Beckerman of Scythia Films, Jacob Jerek of Profile Pictures and Ruth Treacy of Taylored Films. Executive Producers are Grant Johnson, Gabriel Sherman and Amy Baer.
This year, Stan received Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for his portrayal of rocker Tommy Lee in Hulu’s biographical drama “Pam & Tommy.” He’s most well known for his Marvel Cinematic Universe role as Bucky Barnes, aka the Winter Soldier. His most recent appearance as the hero came on the Disney+ series “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” and he’s next due to star in “The Thunderbolts” in 2025. Stan also played Robinhood co-founder Vlad Tenev in this fall’s GameStop stock movie “Dumb Money,” and his recent roles include “Ghosted,” “Sharper,” “Bupkis,” “Fresh” and “The 355.”
Abbasi’s most recent film “Holy Spider” was selected as Denmark’s entry for best international feature film at this year’s Academy Awards. The film, about a journalist investigating a serial killer in Iran, also competed for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and won the best actress award for Zar Amir Ebrahimi. Abbasi also directed two episodes of HBO’s “The Last of Us.”
Stan is repped by CAA, Brookside Artist Management, and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern; Abbasi by CAA, LARK in the U.K., and Entertainment 360; and Sherman by Entertainment 360.
Deadline Hollywood first broke the news.
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