Steve Jobs, the highly-anticipated biopic of the late Apple co-founder, finally started filming in January after it spent a while on a casting and directing carousel. Now, Universal Pictures has just dropped the first official teaser for the film.
Here’s your first look at Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs. What do you think?
The rest of the cast is as follows: Seth Rogen as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Jeff Daniels is former Apple CEO John Sculley. Kate Winslet is playing former marketing chief of Macintosh Joanna Hoffman. Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice, Being Flynn) will star as Chrisann Brennan, Jobs’ ex-girlfriend. Other cast members include Andy Hertzfeld, Perla Haney-Jardine, Ripley Sobo, Makenzie Moss, Sarah Snook, and Adam Shapiro.
The film, penned by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Danny Boyle, is “set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac,” says Universal. “The film takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.”
Here’s a brief history of the film’s transformations:
Universal picked up the project last November when Sony dropped it after a creative carousel likely left the studio a bit fatigued.
The film was first announced in May of 2012, and soon after Sony hired Aaron Sorkin to pen the screenplay. He finished the script and submitted it in January of 2014.
Since then, it’s been rife with issues. David Fincher was originally attached to direct the film (he and Sorkin had worked together on another film, The Social Network). It was reported that Fincher wanted Christian Bale for the lead role – and that it was pretty much a Bale or bust ultimatum.
In April, Fincher left the project amid reports that he was making “aggressive demands for compensation and control.”
The movie then traveled to director Danny Boyle and Leonardo DiCaprio became the next rumored Steve Jobs. The next few weeks were filled with more Christian Bale rumors. But when Universal picked up the film for a reported $30 million, Fassbender got the job to play the late Apple co-founder.
The film will hit theaters in October. Let’s hope it’s worth the wait.