Actor Nick Loeb is apparently the co-director for a movie soon to hit big screens, but the subject matter is, shall we say, a little bit controversial. The movie will present a pro-life angle of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case that was settled decades ago.
Worrying about security and safety for the cast and crew, the movie was intentionally kept tight lipped. Loeb and Allyn have been shooting the film under a fake title so they also wouldn’t have issues finding shooting locations, The Hollywood Reporter reports. Even the names of key cast members have been hidden from the public eye.
The Hollywood Reporter can now report that two Supreme Court justices are played by a couple Jon Voight and Robert Davi, and other justices are played by Corbin Bernsen, John Schneider, Steve Guttenberg, William Forsythe, Wade Williams and Richard Portnow, all filling out a cast of prominent conservatives, a vocal minority within Hollywood.
Another actress confirmed to be in the film is former Fox News commentator and Clueless star Stacey Dash. She plays Mildred Jefferson, the first black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School and the former president of National Right to Life, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Loeb describes struggles he’s had while shooting, including when he shot at Louisiana State University and was told they were “rejected due to our content, even though it will be a PG-rated film.” He added that “they refused to put it in writing, but they told us on the phone it was due to content.”
Even at Loeb’s alma mater, Tulane, he faced issues just for a day’s worth of shooting. The school newspaper reported on the fact that a pro-life film was being shot on campus, which eventually let to producers not being able to shoot even a second day, according to Loeb. The Hollywood Reporter notes that Tulane and LSU cited logistics as the problem.
A synagogue in New Orleans was meant to house extras and supplies, until the synagogue got wind of the project’s details. “Once they found out what the film was about, they locked us out. We had to call the police so that the extras and caterers could retrieve their possessions,“ Loeb says.
The production team struggled the whole time with casting. Actors left the project upon discovering its subject matter. “We had to replace three local actors, including one who was to play Norma McCorvey, even after she begged for the role,” says Loeb. McCorvey was known as Jane Roe in the landmark legal case.
The film even delves into Dallas District Attorney Henry Wadem, who prosecuted Kennedy-killer Lee Harvey Oswald’s assassin, Jack Ruby. McCorvey’s attorneys, Linda Coffee and Sarah Weddington are played, respectively, by Justine Wachsberger and Greer Grammer, Kelsey Grammer’s daughter, while Lucy Davenport plays famed Feminine Mystique author Betty Friedan, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Among the crew members who quit in protest was a costumer who left after two weeks “because of the subject matter and pressure from her peers,” says Allyn. Even the director, also a woman, quit on the first day of shooting, so Loeb and Allyn are co-directing. They are also producers, and they co-wrote the script, The Hollywood Reporter said.