- The first movie for “Roe v. Wade” is here.
- The movie, bankrolled, directed by, and starring conservative millionaire Nicholas Loeb, frames the landmark Supreme Court case as a conspiracy meant to establish the right to an abortion.
- It stars conservative actors Jon Voight and Stacey Dash in addition to Loeb himself.
- The movie was shot in relative secrecy and lost crew members as people read the full script, according to The Daily Beast.
The first trailer for “Roe v. Wade” – a controversial movie bankrolled by a conservative billionaire and about the landmark Supreme Court abortion case – is here. And it’s just as outlandish as the film’s bizarre backstory suggests.
The movie frames the 1973 court case, which ratified the right to an abortion in the United States, as a conspiracy engineered by Hollywood-bankrolled lawyers who found a clueless woman from Texas as the subject for their case. The trailer compares abortion to the Holocaust, with a priest paraphrasing Martin Niemöller’s “First they came…” poem.
“We weren’t Jewish. So we didn’t say anything. And then they came after the mentally deficient. But we weren’t deficient. So we did nothing,” the priest says in the trailer. “And now they’re coming after the unborn.”
The movie’s trailer also touts the real-life confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who tilted the court’s majority firmly to the right. President Donald Trump, who appointed Kavanaugh, said he would only nominate justices who would overrule Roe v. Wade, and conservative groups who lobbied for Kavanaugh’s appointment believe he will rule that it should be overturned or eroded.
The movie stars Jon Voight as Warren E. Burger, the chief justice who wrote the majority opinion in Roe v. Wade but ended up abandoning his opinion in 1982. It also features a number of other minor conservative actors, like Stacey Dash as Mildred Jefferson, the first black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School and an anti-abortion activist.
“Roe v. Wade” also stars – and is co-directed and funded by – Nick Loeb, the millionaire scion of two separate financial families. He has a record of anti-abortion activism, having sued his ex-fiancee Sofía Vergara over the right to have her embryos after they broke up (he lost).
When some crew members saw the full script, many of them dropped out of the project, forcing Loeb to cobble together new crew members as the movie filmed.
“They’re not keeping people in the loop with the script,” one crew member told The Daily Beast. “When people finally receive the script, they have dropped out really fast. After people started dropping out, they said, ‘OK, don’t send people the scripts anymore.’ Instead, they have been changing lines and scenes before they shoot.”
The script, according to The Daily Beast, included gruesome scenes meant to shock viewers.
“There are scenes with buckets of bloody fetuses,” one crew member said. “It’s just completely over the top.
Loeb himself plays Bernard Nathanson, a doctor who performed abortions but later became an anti-abortion activist. Milo Yiannopoulos and Tomi Lahren also have roles in the movie, according to The Daily Beast.
The movie does not yet have a release date.
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