Justin Louis, the relatively unknown star of Lifetime’s Missing and NBC’s late 2002 sitcom Hidden Hills, should get ready to flip his wig: He’s playing Donald Trump in the ABC biographical movie Ambition, which starts shooting in Toronto on Monday.
“I swear to you, he looks like him,” Barbara Lieberman, executive producer of the Trump movie (based on Gwenda Blair’s book, Donald Trump: Master Apprentice) tells Newsday about the 38-year-old actor. “It’s really quite remarkable.”
The cast is rounded out by Katheryn Winnick (who starred in such forgotten series as Student Bodies and The It Factor), as first wife Ivana; Ron McLarty (Spenser: For Hire, Cop Rock) as family patriarch Fred Trump; and Jennifer Baxter (America’s Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story) as second wife Marla Maples.
The movie is expected to be completed in April for broadcast during the May sweeps. The New York Post reports that Trump, 57, has not read the script or book on which it is based, and has threatened to sue ABC if the movie is inaccurate.
Regarding who should play him, Trump tells Newsday that he would want an actor who looks like Cary Grant. The Apprentice host told Katie Couric the same thing some weeks ago when a Trump Broadway musical was being discussed.
Based on photos of Justin Louis, he is no Cary Grant.