The cast of Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs biopic is set
Update: The casting is now complete for the main parts. According to E! Online, Fassbender has accepted the role, and he will be joined by Kate Winslet as former marketing boss, Joanna Hoffman. Seth Rogen will appear as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, and Jeff Daniels is set to play former Apple CEO John Sculley.
Original Posted 11/5/14: Actor Michael Fassbender is in talks to take on the role of Apple founder Steve Jobs in the upcoming biopic, according to Variety.
If it isn’t clear by now, you should always take any casting news with a giant grain of salt, and this film is as clear evidence of that as any. Until recently, Christian Bale was attached to star, with David Fincher set to direct and Aaron Sorkin attached to write. Of those three, only Sorkin remains on board.
The initial reports of Bale playing Jobs were little more than a modicum of interest from the filmmakers and the actor. Nothing was ever confirmed, and Bale’s was one of several names under consideration. Fincher, however, was attached, although a deal had yet to be agreed upon. Before the final signatures could be put to paper though, Fincher walked, clearing the way for his eventual successor, Danny Boyle.
With Boyle and Sorkin firmly locked, Bale’s name came back into the mix. According to Sorkin, Bale was confirmed. That soon changed though, and the actor’s representatives claim the deal never made it past the initial talks.
So again, for now at least, take this next piece of news with a grain of salt.
According to the report, Fassbender is officially in talks, and Sony is eager to make a deal in order to get the production moving. That, of course, is assuming the scheduling works out.
Fassbender is ridiculously busy these days, and 2015 is going to be even more hectic. The actor has four films already in post-production, all of which will likely require him to do at least some press, and he in the middle of filming another. As soon as he finishes on The Light Between Oceans, he will then jump into the big budget, high profile Assassin’s Creed film, which is currently in pre-production. After that, he is contractually obliged to appear in X-Men: Apocalypse, which is currently scheduled for release on May 27, 2016.
So until the ink is dry, don’t call this one confirmed just yet.