- The making of a pro-life “Roe v. Wade” movie has seen plenty of on-set drama, according to The Daily Beast.
- The original director of the movie reportedly quit on the first day of production and numerous other cast and crew have left the project.
On Tuesday, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that a pro-life “Roe v. Wade” movie was in the works starring conservative actors Jon Voight, Robert Davi, and Stacey Dash. Now there are more details coming out about the production and its challenges.
The Daily Beast ran a story on Friday that gave a glimpse inside the production, which is currently shooting in New Orleans under the working title, “1973,” referring to the year of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision that guaranteed a woman’s right to an abortion.
The Daily Beast story depicts a movie in chaos, with claims from sources on set that the original director quit on the first day of shooting and that the screenwriters/producers (who have now taken over the directing reins), Nick Loeb and Cathy Allyn, have misrepresented to the cast and crew just how pro-life the project really is.
The movie is a chronicle of the Roe v. Wade decision, which has come back in the headlines recently due its questionable future with the news of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement.
Actors such as Voight, Davi, Corbin Bernsen, Steve Guttenberg, and William Forsythe have been cast as Supreme Court justices. Stacy Dash, of “Clueless” fame and now a conservative pundit, will be playing Mildred Jefferson, a founder of the National Right to Life Committee.
However, other conservative actors like Kevin Sorbo and Stephen Baldwin, who were originally cast as justices, left the project after receiving the script, according to The Daily Beast.
This seems to be a recurring theme with the project: many cast and crew have reportedly walked off the movie because of its severe anti-abortion content, which includes graphic scenes showing aborted fetuses, according to The Daily Beast. These were elements many weren’t aware of until they got on set, the report said.
“That’s where it started as far as not sending out full scripts to actors, because they backed out and then it was a mad rush to find people to be the Supreme Court justices, and when they got on set they had no idea what they were doing,” a crew member told The Daily Beast about what happened following Sorbo and Baldwin leaving the project.
Along with the director, the site reports that the first assistant director, costumer, location manager, and several other crew members have left the project.
Loeb recalled one interaction with an upset crew member to The Hollywood Reporter when the person walked up and asked if he was the director.
“When I told her I was, she told me to go f— myself,” Loeb said. “Then she threw her headset on the ground and walked off. I found out later she was our electrician.”
It’s also been a struggle to get access to shoot the film in locations around New Orleans, The Daily Beast reported.
The Daily Beast also detailed more casting, including Joey Lawrence, Jamie Kennedy, and one-scene cameos by right-wing commentators Milo Yiannopoulos and Tomi Lahren.
The movie is scheduled to wrap production on July 15.
Business Insider contacted Nick Loeb’s representative for comment but did not receive a response.
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