Just when you thought the 2016 United States election couldn’t get any weirder, a new children’s film has arrived that has some people wondering whether it’s based on an infantile Donald Trump.
Upcoming DreamWorks animated film The Boss Baby stars Alec Baldwin as a grumpy newborn baby who leaves the womb dressed in a suit, carries a briefcase and has the voice of a 58-year-old.
The trailer for the movie was released on Tuesday, prompting confusion, intrigue and plenty of Trump comparisons.
Watch the trailer for Boss Baby:
*Sees trailer for The Boss Baby*
Did I just saw a trailer for an animated movie where a baby can talk with the voice of Alec Baldwin?? pic.twitter.com/V82fS1eSqZ
— Nickolas (@niklander2) October 17, 2016
In the film, the baby’s arrival is a source of great frustration for his seven-year-old brother Tim, who is understandably terrified to discover the infant is far less youthful than he appears.
It’s not all bad though – the brotherly duo eventually team up to thwart an evil plot designed to tear their family apart.
The film is based on a 2010 children’s book of the same title by American author Marla Frazee that tackled the displacement and jealousy a child feels when they’re joined by a sibling.
However, many people are choosing instead to focus on the baby’s striking similarity to the Republican nominee, who Baldwin regularly parodies on Saturday Night Live.
“Ladies and gentlemen, presenting Trump’s origin story!” one Twitter user joked.
Others suggested the film was a Trump biopic and the 2016 election was merely one long promo for it.
The poster for the film includes the tagline “Born Leader”.
— jacquie (@WatcherWithWifi) October 17, 2016
At first glance at the title, I thought it might be about Trump. LOL
— WinsomeBulldog (@winsomebulldog) October 18, 2016
Is DreamWorks' The Boss Baby supposed to be a biopic of Donald Trump?
— FrankenWillis 🎃 (@SirWillisIV) July 22, 2016
The Trump link would explain Baldwin’s involvement in the film, which is an unusual choice based on his previous work.
The father of three is known more for his roles in action-packed dramas and biting comedies than kids’ films.
Baldwin’s impersonation of Trump on Saturday Night Live has received widespread acclaim for its chilling accuracy and he has been very vocal in his opposition to the wealthy property mogul-turned-politician.
Watch Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump impersonation:
The lead character, known only as Baby, does share certain characteristics with the 70-year-old presidential wannabe, including his bossy demeanour, his sparse blonde hair and his habit of pursing his lips.
The Boss Baby is due in Australian cinemas in March 2017.