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After weeks of speculation, Aaron Sorkin recently confirmed that Christian Bale will play Steve Jobs in the upcoming biopic. With the lead role now in place, Variety today bring word that Seth Rogen is set to play Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak opposite Bale in the Danny Boyle-directed film. The Jobs film is penned by Sorkin (The Social Network) and based on Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography. In a separate report, The Wrap add that Jessica Chastain is also being sought for a role in the film. The biopic is expected to follow Jobs during three stressful, high-profile product launches including the first Macintosh in 1984 and Apple’s 2001 debut of the iPod.
Like Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs was a complicated visionary who became a polarizing figure. Under Jobs’ watch, Apple revolutionized several business, including personal computers, music, computer-generated animation and mobile phones. In the process, he became known as one of the greatest innovators of his generation. At the same time, he was unapologetic about his difficult personality, was at one point ousted at Apple and was criticized for the incredibly harsh treatment of workers in China who assembled Apple products.
Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin Confirms That Christian Bale Will Play Steve Jobs For Director Danny Boyle
When David Fincher was previously attached to direct the untitled Steve Jobs film based on Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography, Christian Bale was said to be Fincher’s pick for the role of Jobs. Fincher subsequently dropped out of the project, and Sony Pictures attached Danny Boyle to direct the Aaron Sorkin-penned biopic, with Leonardo DiCaprio eyed to star as the late Apple Computer co-founder. Less than two weeks after DiCaprio broke off talks with Sony to play Steve Jobs, it was revealed that the studio and Boyle had set their sights back on Bale.
Speaking with Bloomberg (via Variety), Aaron Sorkin confirmed that Christian Bale will indeed play Steve Jobs in the upcoming biopic. 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 him, Bale was apparently the clear choice, “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.” Sorkin has previously stated that the movie will be divided into three long scenes, each taking place backstage before one of Apple’s famous product launches.
When David Fincher was previously attached to direct the untitled Steve Jobs film based on Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography, Christian Bale was said to be Fincher’s pick for the role of Jobs. Fincher subsequently dropped out of the project, and Sony Pictures attached Danny Boyle to direct the biopic, with Leonardo DiCaprio eyed to star as the late Apple Computer co-founder. Less than two weeks after DiCaprio broke off talks with Sony to play Steve Jobs, the studio has now set its sights back on Bale.
Bloody hell, that was quick! Almost exactly a week ago it was reported that David Fincher has exited the untitled Steve Jobs film based on Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography. Now it is being reported that Sony Pictures is in talks with Danny Boyle to direct the biopic of the late Apple Computer co-founder. Additionally, Boyle is said to have approached his ‘The Beach’ star Leonardo DiCaprio to play Jobs. Sources caution that deals are not done, and it’s worth noting that DiCaprio has committed to star in Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu’s thriller ‘The Revenant starting in September. Fincher had wanted Christian Bale for the title role, though the actor was not signed.
Variety bring word that Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle is attached to direct a feature adaptation of the documentary ‘Smash and Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers’ for Pathe and Fox Searchlight. Pathe and Fox Searchlight will co-finance the movie with Boyle’s longtime producing partner Christian Colson, who will produce through his Cloud Eight Films banner. The documentary, released this past summer, revolves around the world’s most successful diamond thieves who take the audience into the dark world of the international jewel trade. The footage for the doc was captured using real-life surveillance footage as well as interviews with several of the gang.
Danny Boyle most recently directed ‘Trance,’ which dealt with the heist of a famous painting and has since been looking for his next project. Sources say Boyle saw ‘Smash and Grab’ and became very interested in turning it into a movie, which led his long-time distributor making a push to come on board. Fox Searchlight has been home to most of Boyle’s films going back to ’28 Days Later’ so it makes sense that the film landed here.
Simon (James McAvoy), a fine art auctioneer, teams up with a criminal gang to steal a Goya painting worth millions of dollars, but after suffering a blow to the head during the heist he awakens to discover he has no memory of where he hid the painting. When physical threats and torture fail to produce answers, the gang’s leader Frank (Vincent Cassel) hires hypnotherapist Elizabeth Lamb (Rosario Dawson) to delve into the darkest recesses of Simon’s psyche. As Elizabeth begins to unravel Simon’s broken subconscious, the lines between truth, suggestion, and deceit begin to blur. ‘Trance,’ directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) and co-written by Oscar-nominated long term collaborator John Hodge (Shallow Grave, Trainspotting), is set for a March 27th release in the UK and a April 5th release in the US. My interview with Danny Boyle for ‘Trance’ can be read here, my Rosario Dawson interview can be read here, and my James McAvoy can be found here.
What was it about ‘Trance’ that appealed to you? And can you remember your reaction to this story and your character when you first read the script?
Vincent Cassel: Honestly, the director is the first thing for me. Then just the fact that the script was so surprising, and the fact that reading it I didn’t know what was going to happen. I was surprised until the last page. It’s about trust and betrayal, and jealousy – and Danny Boyle was very exciting to me. It starts off as something normal, a heist movie, a classical sort of story, but then by the 25th page of the script it becomes something else. It’s a genre-bender and it really messes with you. But because it’s very precisely written you accept that and you go with it.