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Ashton Kutcher Is Steve Jobs in Indie Biopic? (UPDATE: Kevin Dunn, J.K. Simmons Join)

Posted at July 10, 2012 by 0 Comment

[UPDATE #6] Quite the high-profile production, Kevin Dunn and J. K. Simmons have joined the jOBS biopic. Dunn will play Apple chairman Gil Amelio and Simmons will appear as venture capitalist and Apple investor Arthur Rock. Other cast additions include Elden Henson (portraying computer scientist and Macintosh developer Andy Hertzfeld); Lenny Jacobson (as Apple engineer Burrell Smith); Giles Matthey (playing iPod designer Jonathan Ive); Ahna O’Reilly (as Jobs’ girldfriend Chris-Ann Brennan) and finally Victor Rasuk (who’ll play Apple’s first employee and user interface architect Bill Fernandez). Phew.

[UPDATE #5] James Woods (Jack Dudman, Jobs’ former dean of students at Reed College in Oregon), Ron Eldard (as Apple designer Rod Holt), John Getz and Ann Warren (as Jobs adoptive parents) are joining Ashton Kutcher in the Steve Jobs biopic jOBS.

[UPDATE #4] Kids Are All Right actorEddie Hassell is joining the Steve Jobs biopic film, led by Ashton Kutcher, as Chris Espinoza, “employee No. 8 at Apple and who joined at the age of 14 in 1976 when the company was still housed in Jobs’ parents’ garage, writing software manuals and coding after school.”

 

[UPDATE #3] Dermot Mulroney has joined jOBS. Set to play “early Apple investor and second CEO Mike Markkula.” Check out some new set photos from the film after the jump.

Here’s the unofficial photos:

[UPDATE #2] Matthew Modine has been added to the Steve Jobs biopic jOBS starring Ashton Kutcher as a “former Pepsi-Cola CEO John Sculley, whom Jobs recruited to lead Apple in 1983.”

[UPDATE #1] May 28, 2012 – Ahna O’Reilly has joined the (awfully typed) jOBS biopic of Steve Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs’ girlfriend Chris-Ann Brennan. “Brennan was a Bay area painter who grew up with Jobs, dated him on and off through college and eventually gave birth to his daughter, Lisa, in the late Seventies.” See some set photos of Kutcher after the jump.

Kutcher as Jobs:

[UPDATE] April 30, 2012 – As skeptical as I am with Ashton Kutcher portraying Steve Jobs, having Josh Gad play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is a sliver of saving grace this production needs. [/Film]

[UPDATE] April 17, 2012 – Producer Mark Hulme spoke on the casting of Ashton Kutcher and how he’s perfect to play Steve Jobs in the biopic that will cover the period in his life from 1971-2000 focusing on several sources. Read more after the jump. [First Showing]

Here’s what Hulme had to say:

“Since our film covers the early years of Apple, when Jobs was in his 20′s, we needed an actor who could carry not only the youthfulness of Jobs at the time but also the psychological complexity. Because of that, and Ashton’s physical similarities to Jobs, he’s perfect for our film. When Ashton read the script he was immediately attracted to the project. He is a Steve Jobs and Apple fan, and is technologically savvy, as well, so he recognized the historical importance of Steve Jobs and the potential of the project. He is very excited to have the role.”

Do we really want to honor the prolific Steve Jobs by casting Ashton Kutcher as his silver-screen portrayer? Is  According to Variety, Ashton Kutcher has been cast as Steve Jobs in an indie biopic currently in development and is (horribly) titled JobsJoshua Michael Stern (Swing VoteCarnaval) is set to direct from a screenplay by Matt Whiteley.

The film will encapsulate Steve Jobs from “wayward hippie to co-founder of Apple, where he became one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of our time.” The project is moving along very quickly as May shooting start has already been planned during Kutcher’s hiatus from Two and a Half Men.

Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Inc. has given his approval in an interview with TMZ. This is what he said:

“The fear that many might have is that Ashton was selected because he’s ‘hot’ right now, But I feel that his selection was done in the most professional manner. And I’m glad that he’s onboard. I think he’ll put a lot into it and that he cares about this particular subject… It’s almost too bad that Steve Jobs is gone. His opinions and guidance, as to the story and film crew and cast would have been invaluable.”

It’s expected that the film will tell of the close friendship between Wozniak and Jobs during the 1970s and 80s, an era which Kutcher has an eerie resemblance.

Source: First Showing

UPDATE: /Film, EW, Indiewire, /Film, THR, THR, THR

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