Aaron Sorkin, the man behind The West Wing and Newsroom, has written a new movie about Steve Jobs. A previous movie about Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher as the late Apple genius did not go over so well. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak did not warm to it, and even said it was mostly “fiction,” not representing the real people and events surrounding Steve Jobs very well.
Danny Boyle, who directed Slumdog Millionaire, is on the project. Now all they need is a Steve Jobs. But that has been a bit of a problem.
First they wanted Leonardo DiCaprio, but Leo said he would be too busy with filming The Revenant, which also stars Tom Hardy and Domnhall Gleeson, and then will take a break for a while.
Then they grabbed Christian Bale. Bale recently did Exodus with Ridley Scott. But Bale backed out, telling the filmmakers that he didn’t think he was right for the part. Considering that Bale called Moses, the man he plays in Exodus, a “schizophrenic… barbaric individual,” one wonders what he felt did not fit him about Steve Jobs for him to turn that down.
Somewhere in the middle of all this, they grabbed Seth Rogen to play Steve Wozniak. With Rogen’s round face and beard, he seems perfect. Let’s hope he doesn’t drop out of this or they’ll end up grabbing Jonah Hill to replace him.
And now the word on the street is that Michael Fassbender is the latest name to surface for playing Steve Jobs. Fassbender certainly has the build. He’s got the acting chops. Both he and Bale can look the part, which makes one wonder what they were thinking with tossing DiCaprio’s name out there. Not many people knew what Frank Abagnale or Jordan Belfort looked like. We all know what Steve Jobs looks like.
We'll see who's in the seats when the music stops. They'd better pin it down soon. Danny Boyle is scheduled to meet the cast this week and start filming this winter.