It seems like Steve Jobs’ biopic may be possible, as the movie gets its main cast member. Michael Fassbender has been confirmed for the role of the legendary Apple man. The movie has also been given a title and synopsis to show that it is certainly a reality.
The role of Jobs has been under a lot of scrutiny lately. There were rumors that Christian Bale would play the role after Leonard DiCaprio reportedly turned it down. However, Bale dropped out due to problems with contract negotiations, according to previous statements. It led to many questions over whether the movie would be made.
One of the big issues was finding a great actor for the role. This is a character who will be in every scene, so hiring an actor who will be able to deal with long hours and show the different stages of Jobs’ life was extremely important. Director Danny Boyle was not going to settle for anyone for the role.
The idea for the biopic was suggested in 2012 by Aaron Sorkin. However, it had a number of delays. The movie will be around three major launches of products from Apple, and it will be set backstage of each of them to show the process that the CEO went through. It will end with unveiling the iMac in 1998, rather than going through the iPhone and his death. The idea is to show the genius behind the man.
The Job biopic does not just get its main cast member. A number of people have been confirmed as actors in the movie. Seth Rogan will play Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak, while Kate Winslet will play the former marking chief for Macintosh Joanna Hoffman. Jeff Daniels, Katherine Waterston, Michael Stuhlbarg, Sarah Snook and Adam Shapiro have also been confirmed in the movie.
Now that the cast is in place, it does mean that filming can happen. The first day of filming happened on Tuesday, and the movie finally has a slated debut date of 2016 right now. Unless something drastically happens, it is not likely to be pushed back to the year after.
David Fincher was originally said to direct the movie. However, the 52-year-old reportedly stepped down from the project after he was not given full marketing control or paid $10 million upfront. It led to Boyle being offered the chance to direct the biopic about Jobs. DiCaprio reportedly declined the role of the lead character due to taking a break from acting at the time. Bale was later offered the role without having to audition and reportedly did get to contract negotiations. There was never a confirmation over why he decided to decline the role in the end.
Fassbender will now take on the role of the legendary Apple man. He is best known for his role of Magneto in the X-Men prequels. Sorkin was not originally into the idea of him playing the role, due to not knowing who he was. His private emails were shared during the Sony Hack at the end of 2014. In the end, he backtracked and the Jobs biopic now has its main cast member.
By Alexandria Ingham