The first trailer for the controversial “Roe v. Wade” film, released Monday, is a three-minute snippet that features mostly men and ominous illusions to government conspiracy theories.
Co-written and co-directed by Nick Loeb, most famously known as the ex-fiance of “Modern Family” actress Sofia Vergara, the movie goes behind the scenes of the landmark 1973 Supreme Court case that decriminalized abortion nationwide.
The trailer opens with actual news footage of Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh’s recent confirmation hearing and, in a very meta turn, a Fox News report about the movie itself. Loeb intones via voice-over: “We have been in our second civil war for over 50 years now.”
The film’s cast is a veritable who’s who of conservative Hollywood: Jon Voight stars as Chief Justice Warren Burger; Steve Guttenberg portrays Justice Lewis Powell; John Schneider is Justice Byron White; Jamie Kennedy plays abortion rights activist Larry Lader; and Stacey Dash takes on the role of Mildred Jefferson, the co-founder of the National Right to Life Committee. Loeb himself does double duty, directing and starring as Bernard Nathanson, a physician who was a co-founder of the National Abortion Rights Action League before becoming an activist in the antiabortion rights movement.
Other highlights: scenes of Playboy Bunnies, a panorama of the beach, a man getting shot several times in the chest, an exploding building, actor Joey Lawrence announcing “this is a conspiracy,” and more than a few scenes of men conducting meetings about women’s rights with no actual women present.
In an interview with The Washington Post during filming in July, Loeb, who sued Vergara over access to embryos the pair created while together, said that “Roe v. Wade” was not an antiabortion rights film.
“I wanted to tackle this in a way where all sides of the story will be told, and the facts were laid out, and people can then make up their mind and decide on their own,” Loeb said. “I just think everybody should be armed with the facts, unlike when I was growing up.”
“Roe v. Wade” does not have a release date or a major film distributor. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the trailer will officially debut at the antiabortion rally March for Life this weekend in Washington.