Principal photography has commenced in San Francisco on Steve Jobs, a Hollywood biopic focusing on the late Apple co-founder.
The film underwent a turbulent pre-production period after Sony Pictures withdrew from the project in November and actor Christian Bale rejected the opportunity to play the title role, despite screenwriter Aaron Sorkin’s assertions that The Dark Knight star was the best man for the job.
“We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that’s Chris Bale,” Sorkin said in October. “We didn’t have to audition.”
Universal Pictures have since taken over the production of Steve Jobs, which is said to be set backstage at three Apple product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac. Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle will helm the film with Michael Fassbender in the leading role. Seth Rogen will play the part of Steve Wozniak.
The new biopic is Hollywood’s second attempt at a big-screen depiction of Jobs following the poorly received film Jobs, which was released just last year. Ashton Kutcher starred in the title role with character actor Josh Gad playing Wozniak.
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