A new trailer has been released for a much-anticipated movie which will tell the story of landmark Supreme Court decision, Roe v Wade. Written and directed by Nick Loeb, the film takes a hard look at the lead up to a ruling that would change the legality of abortion in America forever.
The three-minute teaser, which provides a good overview of the movie’s content, is set to debut at this weekends “March for Life” event in Washington D.C.
Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, has served as executive director for the feature-length movie, and even appears in the trailer, taking on a small cameo role.
“I am one of the voices that defends the life of all human beings, what I say, from the womb to the tomb. The little babies in the womb all the way to the sick, the elderly the poor, everyone should be entitled to the sanctity of life,” King told CBN News last year during an interview on the production.
“Roe v. Wade violates that,” she continued. “We are going to say what the tricks are, what the intrigue was, what the deception was that made abortion legal in America.”
The newly-released teaser also depicts various other central cast members: Corbin Bernsen as Justice Harry Blackmun, Steve Guttenberg as Justice Lewis Powell, William Forsythe as Justice Potter Stewart, John Schneider as Justice Byron White and Robert Davi as Justice William Brennan.
Reportedly, conservative commentator Tomi Lahren also has a small role, along with
Loeb himself, who has been open about the movie’s production struggles, takes a role as pro-abortion pioneer, Dr. Bernard Nathanson. Nathanson, who died in 2011, was the founder of the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws (NARAL), which later became known as the National Abortion Rights Action League.
Why has the movie flown under the radar?
Much of the movie’s early filming was done in secret, so as not to draw premature attention to the controversial subject matter. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the decision to shoot incognito was “both for the security of the cast and crew and in order to obtain shooting locations.”
Even with the intentionally discreet production, however, filming certainly hasn’t been easy. During a filming session in June last year, Loeb himself was harassed by someone who objected to him directing a movie about the pivotal Supreme Court ruling. Standing outside his alma mater Tulane University in New Orleans, Loeb said a woman wearing a headset approached him and a production assistant while they were taking photos for the movie. She asked Loeb, “Are you the director?”
“When I told her I was,” Loeb recalled, “she told me to go f*** myself. Then she threw her headset on the ground and walked off. I found out later she was our electrician.”
The pro-life movie’s director said he faced rejection at the University of Louisiana, too. He claimed he was told over the phone he could not film on campus “due to our content.” And after one day of shooting at Tulane, the school newspaper reported on the project, and he was barred from returning.
Then the same thing happened at a New Orleans synagogue he was renting for catering and as a hangout space for the movie’s extras.
“Once they found out what the film was about, they locked us out,” Loeb explained. “We had to call the police so that the extras and caterers could retrieve their possessions.”
Has Facebook blocked the movie’s adverts?
According to a tweet, Loeb recently attempted to post a link to an article at the Hollywood Reporter on his Facebook page, but his attempted promotion was rejected by the social media giant.
Facebook blocked Roe v Wade pic.twitter.com/jYBmA3Y6OF
— Nick Loeb (@NickLoeb) January 14, 2019
“Your ad isn’t approved because it doesn’t comply with our Advertising Policies,” Facebook noted.
Last year, Facebook denied linked access to the movie’s crowdfunding site, preventing the makers from raising capital to fund production efforts.
“We need your support now more than ever. Facebook has banned us from inviting friends to ‘Like’ our page and from ‘Sharing’ our PAID ads,” the movie’s creators noted at the time.
Still, those behind the controversial movie continued to press on. And, although no official release date has yet to be announced, the movie’s concept appears to be drawing an increasingly intrigued audience. No doubt, thousands will flock to see this one!