Ashton Kutcher to star in biopic of Apple’s Steve Jobs

2 Apr 2012

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Actor Ashton Kutcher, who will play the late Steve Jobs (below) in a new indie film. Photo from the Wikimedia Commons

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Two and a Half Men star and Twitter fanatic Ashton Kutcher is to play the role of the late Steve Jobs in a new indie movie ‘Jobs,’ which will be directed by Joshua Michael Stern.

According to Variety, the film is based on a script by Matt Whitely and will be financed by Mark Hulme of Five Star Institute.

Production is expected to start in May and the movie will follow the rise of Steve Jobs from the dying days of the hippie movement in California, his co-founding of Apple with Steve Wozniak, his time outside of Apple at Next and Pixar, to his return and role in revitalising the smartphone, computer and digital entertainment industries.

Following the death of Jobs last October, there had been almost instantaneous debate about who would play the role of the enigmatic CEO. Some suggested George Clooney while others believed Noah Wyle would reprise his convincing performance as Jobs in Pirates of Silicon Valley and delve into what happened after Microsoft forged an alliance with Apple in 1997.

It is understood that Sony Pictures is also working on its own Jobs biopic, which will be based on Walter Isaacson’s biography of Jobs.

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Editor John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist.

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