While Sony Pictures is dealing with the fallout from the North Korean cyber-attack, a former Sony project is barreling forward. Universal Pictures recently picked up the Aaron Sorkin-scripted Steve Jobs biopic from Sony, and while the film had trouble firming up its cast, it appears that things are finally coming together. Michael Fassbender is set to play the Apple innovator, Seth Rogen is onboard as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, and Danny Boyle is firmly in the director’s chair. Now, after Natalie Portman previously flirted with the role, it appears that Kate Winslet is now in line to join the project as the female lead. More after the jump.
Per Variety, Kate Winslet is in early negotiations to play the female lead in Jobs. Details regarding the role are unclear at this time, but the movie is structured like a play as it’s comprised of only three major scenes set before the launch of three big Apple products. Fassbender’s Jobs carries the bulk of the script’s lines, but clearly other characters play integral roles in the story, with Jeff Daniels circling the role of former Apple President John Scully.
Winslet would mark a major get for the project, which almost starred her Titanic co-star Leonardo DiCaprio. The Oscar-winning actress will next be seen onscreen in the Divergent sequel Insurgent and also recently completed filming director John Hillcoat’s crime drama Triple Nine with a cast that includes Chiwetel Ejiofor, Woody Harrelson, and Casey Affleck.
Universal is looking to start production on Jobs early next year, before Fassbender has to report of the set of X-Men: Apocalypse. Fassbender, Rogen, and Winslet starring in a Danny Boyle film written by Aaron Sorkin? For a project that’s had a bit of a rough road to production, it sure is turning out quite nicely.