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Everything's coming up Steves for Danny Boyle's Jobs: Last week the Steve Jobs biopic got its Jobs and now it has its Wozniak, as Seth Rogen has signed on to play the affable Apple co-founder in the film. Rogen is following in the footsteps of Josh Gad, who played Wozniak in 2013's Jobs (that was the Ashton Kutcher one); that year, Gad told Vulture he saw the role as "Steve Jobs's conscience." Jobs will likely pay Rogen in hope and cash. »
- Nate Jones
While some people had nice things to say about Ashton Kutcher's work as Steve Jobs in "Jobs," I thought it was a terrible fit between actor and material, and the film itself was so poorly made that I had a hard time taking any of it seriously. I did like Josh Gad's approach to playing Steve Wozniak, though, and I think that's just a testament to Gad's innate likability onscreen. Part of my problem with that film is the way it seems to treat product launches as the biggest moments in Jobs' life, and while I certainly understand that he masterfully cultivated the nearly-religious fervor that people have for Apple technology, it just felt tone-deaf they way they handled it in that film. Normally, I'd ask why someone's bothering to make another movie about Jobs so soon after that one was in theaters, but I'm pretty sure I know the answer. »
- Drew McWeeny
Industry sources have told The Hollywood Reporter that Rogen has emerged as the leading candidate to play Jobs's early collaborator, although no deal has been reached.
His next film The Interview - which is slated to open at Christmas - is a comedic take on a North Korean assassination plot.
Wozniak was previously played on the big screen by Josh Gad in a critically-panned 2013 film.
Danny Boyle’s upcoming Steve Jobs biopic is picking up steam over at Sony, as the project continues to attract a wealth of big-buck talent. Just recently Christian Bale was confirmed to be tackling the role of the Apple founder himself after Leonardo DiCaprio left to pursue other interests. Now, The Wrap reports that two new stars are apparently circling the movie; Seth Rogen and Jessica Chastain.
Rogen is being sought for the role of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, who was portrayed in the frankly awful 2013 version by Josh Gad. The team-up of Bale and Rogen may strike some as odd – but then again, the most unorthodox pairings often lead to crackling performances. As The Wrap points out, and I have to agree; Jonah Hill and DiCaprio in The Wolf Of Wall Street were an “odd couple” who rose to the challenge and brought out a semblance of humanity in the other. »
- Gem Seddon
If you're going to star in an Aaron Sorkin written movie, you're going to have to love walking and talking. And talking. And then talking some more. With the screenwriter boasting that his upcoming "Jobs" has "more words to say in this movie than most people have in three movies combined,” cast members will be challenged. But Christian Bale is up for it, taking the lead role of Steve Jobs, and now some more names are in the mix. The Wrap reports that Seth Rogen and Jessica Chastain are being eyed for the movie. The former is under consideration to play Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak, who was portrayed by Josh Gad in that other movie about Steve Jobs that we won't talk about. As for Chastain, no word yet on what her potential role. But we have no argument if either comes onboard, but we have to say, Bale and »
- Kevin Jagernauth
With Christian Bale in place in the title role, Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs biopic, apparently titled Jobs just like the Ashton Kutcher film from 2013, is looking to fill out the supporting vast with some recognizable faces. While Variety reports that Seth Rogen has officially joined the cast as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, The Wrap says that Jessica Chastain is being pursued for an undisclosed role in the film. Wozniak was previously played by Josh Gad in the 2013 take on Steve Jobs' life. »
- Alex Maidy
Just over a week ago, we learned that Christian Bale was again in the running to play Steve Jobs in the new biopic about the Apple founder and technology innovator. Danny Boyle (127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire) is directing the film with a script from Aaron Sorkin, and it's the acclaimed writer who confirms that Bale will indeed take the starring role in the film that is currently titled Jobs (though that might change since the Steve Jobs biopic starring Ashton Kutcher had the same title). In addition, Sorkin has more to say about the film, unsurprisingly noting that he's given Bale a lot to say as Jobs. More below! Speaking with Bloomberg Television, Sorkin said, "We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that’s Chris Bale. He didn’t have to audition. Well, there was a meeting." And apparently that was good enough to give Bale the role, »
- Ethan Anderton
Last week, word surfaced that Christian Bale was in talks to play Steve Jobs, and now, he's been confirmed for the role. Bale will portray the late Apple cofounder in an upcoming movie based on Walter Isaacson's 2011 biography, Steve Jobs. "We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range, and that's Chris Bale," said screenwriter Aaron Sorkin. "He didn't have to audition." This project has been tossed around quite a bit, with names like Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Bradley Cooper, and Leonardo DiCaprio attached at various points. While David Fincher was once on board to direct, Danny Boyle is now at the helm. What do you think - can you see Bale as Jobs? Perhaps more so than Ashton Kutcher? »
Last we heard, Christian Bale was in talks for the Steve Jobs biopic directed by Danny Boyle and written by Aaron Sorkin. The notion of that trio alone hopefully washes away the memory of “Jobs” starring Ashton Kutcher. It now appears that Bale has signed-on the dotted line; Sorkin confirmed the actor’s participation during a recent interview with Bloomberg Television’s Emily Chang on a coming edition of “Studio 1.0.” “We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range, and that’s Chris Bale,” Sorkin said, making an NFL draft reference that's mostly lost on movie nerds. “He didn’t have to audition. Well, there was a meeting.” It's pretty rare for an A-lister like Bale to audition for anything, particularly since he has an Oscar in hand, but we suppose there are exceptions. Apparently the rapid-fire Sorkin-ese mile-a minute dialogue will go into overdrive for this film. »
- Edward Davis
“We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that’s Chris Bale. It’s an extremely difficult part and he’s gonna crush it. There was a meeting. The role is an extremely difficult role; he has more words to say in this movie than most people have in three movies combined. There isn’t a scene or frame that he’s not in.”
While the casting of Bale is hardly surprising, early reports indicated that he was one of the many actors in contention for the role, »
- Michael Briers
In an interview with Bloomberg, the Oscar-winning screenwriter revealed that Bale wasn’t required to audition for the role. “There was a meeting. The role is an extremely difficult role; he has more words to say in this movie than most people have in three movies combined. There isn’t a scene or frame that he’s not in,” Sorkin explained.
For Sorkin, Bale was apparently the clear choice: “We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that’s Chris Bale,” he said. “It’s an extremely difficult part and he’s gonna crush it.”
Sorkin has previously stated that the movie will be divided into three long scenes, each taking place backstage »
- Variety Staff
The Oscar-winning scribe told Bloomberg that the Batman star was the only choice for the part of the late Apple co-founder.
"We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that's Chris Bale," he said. "He didn't have to audition. Well, there was a meeting."
Social Network writer Sorkin went on to say that the role of Jobs will be a challenging part, but backed Bale to "crush it".
He added: "He has more words to say in this movie than most people have in three movies combined. There isn't a scene or a frame that he's not in. »
Ashton Kutcher plays computer genius and Apple founder Steve Jobs in this efficient biopic. Director Joshua Michael Stern traces the rise of Jobs from barefoot college geek to corporate overlord, capturing both his intense drive and vision as well as his occasional bouts of fury directed at unsatisfactory employees. Josh Gad impresses as an early acolyte who becomes disillusioned his boss's lack of humanity. »
Don’t worry, you’ve not stepped into an alternate universe wherein the Ashton Kutcher version no longer exists. It still does. However, this new feature intends to walk a different path and approach Jobs’ life from a unique angle. With Danny Boyle directing and Aaron Sorkin on scripting duties, such a talented duo are undoubtedly gonna carve out something special. The pic will be adapted from Walter Isaacson’s biography of Jobs, which Sorkin has hinted will play around with the typical biopic structure. Split into three “acts,” each 30 minute scene will focus on Jobs at the time of three major product launches – the Mac, the NeXT and the iPod.
This isn’t the first time Bale’s name »
- Gem Seddon
According to Variety, Bale is currently in talks to play the lead role in a biopic entitled Jobs based on Walter Isaacson’s biography “Steve Jobs” in a film directed by Danny Boyle and written by Aaron Sorkin.
The film, as Sorkin has discussed in great detail previously, would follow Jobs at three different pinnacle press conferences throughout his Apple career, first at the launch of the Mac, then NeXT and finally the iPod. It’s a project Sorkin was originally slated to do with David Fincher at the helm, and Bale was originally Fincher’s first choice prior to dropping off the project.
The fake, photoshopped poster above gives a little hope that Bale, i.e. Batman, would actually be able to look the part, »
- Brian Welk
Bale will apparently shoot this project in the spring if he ultimately signs on, according to Variety.
Leonardo DiCaprio had been tipped to star in the film, only to drop out earlier in October to take a hiatus from acting.
Steve Jobs in pictures »
As soon as Leonardo DiCaprio stepped away from the Steve Jobs biopic two weeks ago, Christian Bale was quickly mentioned as one of the front runners for the coveted role. Today it has been announced that he has entered talks to play the Apple CEO and entrepreneur.
Negotiations began shortly after Christian Bale's talks with Fox for The Deep Blue Goodbye hit a roadblock. Sony has reportedly reentered talks with Christian Bale for Steve Jobs, after he was first considered for the role back when David Fincher was meeting with the studio to direct the drama.
Christian Bale had a problem signing on for The Deep Blue Goodbye because Fox wanted the actor for sequels. Christian Bale is planning to tackle the lead role of Detective Travis McGee in what the studio hopes will be a franchise starter, but he balked at the idea of agreeing to a follow-up. »
Though Christian Bale was director David Fincher's choice to play Steve Jobs in a biopic about the Apple founder developing at Sony Pictures, it won't be the Gone Girl filmmaker at the helm of the project. Fincher fell away from the film due to disagreement over his paycheck and creative control, and in April, we learned that Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle was taking over the film with an eye to have Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role. But now we've come full circle and met in the middle as Variety reports it will actually be Christian Bale playing the late technology innovator in the film that is currently called Jobs. It seems confusing to have the film take the same name as another biopic about Steve Jobs that was led by Ashton Kutcher a couple years ago, but the difference in quality will probably help this one stand out much more. »
- Ethan Anderton
David Fincher wanted him back when the "Gone Girl" director was circling the film, and Christian Bale's name turned up again recently in reports that he was being eyed along with Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Bradley Cooper for the lead in Danny Boyle's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic. And now it looks like the gig is his. Variety reports the Bale is in talks for "Jobs," which isn't to be confused with the Ashton Kutcher movie everyone would rather forget. As you'll recall, the film has a script by Aaron Sorkin, based on the acclaimed biography by Walter Isaacson, but it won't be your usual birth-to-death approach. Instead, Sorkin revealed in 2012 that his script utilizes three "real time" 30-minute scenes to capture the Mac, NeXT, and iPod product launches, in 1984, 1997, and 2001 respectively. So no, this won't be the saga of the bending iPhone 6. No word yet on when this will begin production, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Six months ago, David Fincher departed Sony's biopic on Steve Jobs amidst creative differences, one of which was regarding his desire to cast Christian Bale in the title role. The Aaron Sorkin scripted movie based on Jobs' authorized biography would have been an instant Oscar contender and was due to go against the Ashton Kutcher film Jobs. Now, Fincher has departed and Danny Boyle is slated to direct and it looks like he may get the star Fincher wanted. The Hollywood Reporter says talks »
- Alex Maidy
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