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‘Roe V. Wade’ Movie Courts Controversy In New Orleans

The troubled film has cast controversial figures, Milo Yiannopoulos and Tomi Lahren

Published on Thursday, Jul 12th, 2018

New Orleans is a progressive oasis: a refreshing pool of deep blue in the agitated, radiating expanse of red that is the rest of Louisiana. So your average filmmaker would think twice before trying to film a movie that comes to the conclusion that the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision was a mistake within city limits.

Nick Loeb isn’t your average filmmaker. The financial heir most widely known for suing his ex Sofia Vergara over custody of frozen embryos didn’t bank on the City That Care Forgot having cares of their own. And it shows in his chaotic attempts to get his pro-life movie made in the city. Reports around the film show that he’s frequently found himself booted from shooting locations or scrambling to replace crew after they realized the direction of the movie and walked off.

In spite of all this, Loeb seems more than willing to court more controversy. The Daily Beast reports that Loeb has cast alt-right firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos and former The Blaze host Tomi Lahren in roles as pro-choice agitators.

Milo is set to play British abortion doctor David Sopher and will be shown casually performing abortions during his cameo. Lahren will play a Planned Parenthood volunteer who also happens to be the daughter of Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun. The justice wrote the opinion for the majority in the case.

The inclusion of Milo and Tomi was kept secret even from the crew, according to crew members who spoke to The Daily Beast.

“There aren’t even pictures up of them in the production office,” one anonymous member said. “Somebody requested that no pictures of them be up.”

However, it didn’t take long for the secret to spill in a city the size of New Orleans. And people aren’t happy that these two, who have found themselves unwelcome even in conservative circles, are trekking down to the city.