Sebastian Stan Portrays Donald Trump, Jeremy Strong as Roy Cohn, Maria Bakalova as Ivana Trump in ‘The Student’ Film”


Sebastian Stan has been confirmed to portray a young Donald Trump in an upcoming movie titled “The Student,” directed by Iranian filmmaker Ali Abbasi, known for his work in “Holy Spider.” The star-studded cast includes Jeremy Strong, Emmy winner from “Succession,” who will be portraying Roy Cohn, and Maria Bakalova, renowned for her roles in “Borat 2” and “Bodies Bodies Bodies,” set to play Ivana Trump.

Described as an exploration of power dynamics and ambition in a landscape marked by corruption and deceit, “The Student” promises to unravel a mentor-protege narrative that delves into the origins of an American dynasty. With vibrant and larger-than-life characters, the movie seeks to uncover the ethical and personal toll within a culture driven by the distinction between winners and losers.

Gabriel Sherman, acclaimed author of “The Loudest Voice in the Room,” renowned for detailing the rise of Fox News under Roger Ailes, will be penning the screenplay about Trump. His novel inspired the Showtime miniseries “The Loudest Voice,” featuring Russell Crowe as Roger Ailes. “The Student” marks a collaborative effort between Daniel Beckerman of Scythia Films, Jacob Jerek of Profile Pictures, and Ruth Treacy of Taylored Films. The executive producers on board are Grant Johnson, Gabriel Sherman, and Amy Baer.


Sebastian Stan, celebrated for his recent Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated performance as rocker Tommy Lee in Hulu’s “Pam & Tommy,” is best known for his role as Bucky Barnes, also known as the Winter Soldier, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. His most recent appearance as the hero was in the Disney+ series “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.” He’s set to star in “The Thunderbolts” in 2025. Stan’s versatility shines through in various roles, including portraying Robinhood co-founder Vlad Tenev in the recent GameStop stock film “Dumb Money.” His upcoming projects encompass titles such as “Ghosted,” “Sharper,” “Bupkis,” “Fresh,” and “The 355.”

Ali Abbasi, the director of “Holy Spider,” had his film selected as Denmark’s submission for the Best International Feature Film at the Academy Awards. The movie, centered around a journalist investigating a serial killer in Iran, not only competed for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival but also secured the Best Actress award for Zar Amir Ebrahimi. Abbasi’s directorial prowess extends to television as well, having helmed two episodes of HBO’s “The Last of Us.”

Stan is represented 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. Jeremy Strong is represented by WME and Sugar23.