Composer Martin Dirkov (Shorta, Knocking, Holiday, The Charmer) is reteaming with director Ali Abbasi on the upcoming drama The Apprentice. The film stars Sebastian Stan as Donald Trump, Jeremy Strong as Roy Cohn, Maria Bakalova as Ivana Trump and Martin Donovan as Fred Trump Sr. The movie charts a young Donald Trump’s ascent to power through a Faustian deal with Cohn, the influential right-wing lawyer and political fixer. David Holmes (Ocean’s Eleven, Killing Eve, Out of Sight, Haywire) & Brian Irvine (Ordinary Love) have also contributed music for the project. Gabriel Sherman (The Loudest Voice) wrote the screenplay. Daniel Bekerman (The Witch, Rememory) is producing the project for Scythia Films, alongside Jacob Jarek (Speak No Evil, Darkland) for Profile Pictures, Ruth Treacy & Julianne Forde (The Lodgers, The Winter Lake) for Tailored Films, as well as Abbasi and Louis Tisné (The Eight Mountains, Son) for Film Institute. Dirkov has previously collaborated with Abbasi on the director’s previous three features, Holy Spider, Border and Shelley. The Apprentice will premiere this coming Monday at the 2024 Cannes Film Festival.

Dirkov has also recently been scoring the Swedish biographical period drama The Swedish Torpedo (Den svenska torpeden) directed by Frida Kempff and starring Josefin Neldén, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard and Lisa Carlehed. The movie, which tells the story of Sally Bauer, the first Scandinavian to swim across the English Channel in 1939, is expected to premiere later this year.