Broadway star Josh Gad may be about to take on the role of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in Jobs, the indie biopic about the life of Steve Jobs. Slated to begin shooting next month, the film will follow Jobs's life from 1971-2000 - beginning five years before the founding of Apple in 1976, and ending four years after Jobs's return to Apple in 1996 (and seven years before the introduction of the iPhone in 2007).
According to a report last night by Hollywood Reporter, Broadway star Josh Gad is currently in talks to play Wozniak, who co-founded Apple with Jobs in 1976. Gad, 31, has done some film and television work during his career, but is is primarily known for his role as Elder Arnold Cunningham in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical The Book of Mormon. He is rumored to reprise the role in a film version of the play, which is slated for a 2014 release.
As we reported at the beginning of the month, Ashton Kutcher has been cast to play Steve Jobs, a choice that left many people wary and confused until they started looking at pictures of the two side-by-side:
While many felt that the casting of Kutcher was an odd choice, one important person felt it was great: Steve Wozniak. Wozniak's approval of Kutcher in the role of Steve Jobs left the question of who would play the role of Wozniak himself, who will certainly be a major character in the movie.
Jobs is scheduled to begin shooting next month and is targeted for a fourth quarter 2012 release. It is being directed by Joshua Michael Stern and produced by Mark Hulme.
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