Ashton Kutcher to play the Legendary Steve Jobs in Biopic 'Jobs'
Given the rather odd casting choice, I feel the need to preface this story with the assertion that this is not an April Fools’ Day joke; this story is (as reported) indeed very real. With that in mind, Two and a Half Men actor is apparently preparing to play the legendary Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in a biopic called Jobs. Sony began developing a Jobs-centric biopic merely days after the innovator's passing with reports that Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network screenwriter, was considering penning the studio project. However, Jobs is an entirely separate film. Hit the jump for more.
Variety reports that Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote) will be directing the film from a script by Matt Whiteley. Apparently the film will chronicle Jobs' life "from a wayward hippie to co-founder of Apple." Despite Ashton Kutcher's fairly heavy comedic background, he does indeed look very much like the Jobs however when it comes to biopics his performance is much more important than his looks. Kutcher's dramatic resume doesn't exactly lead you to believe he will do justice for the role unless he has a trick up his sleeve.
Production on Jobs is slated to begin in May, casting some doubt over the necessity of Sony’s project. It would be thrilling to see a Sorkin-penned biopic of Jobs’ life, but the studio has to decide whether or not they want to be the second Jobs film out of the gate by a long-shot. Though I don’t necessarily think Kutcher’s the right choice to take on the Jobs role, it’s nice to see him willing to stretch his acting chops. However. With all the doubts around him, we might be pleasantly surprised by his performance, so we’ll have to see how things will turn out but nevertheless it's very exciting.