When Sony Pictures first tapped Aaron Sorkin to write a Steve Jobs biopic, many assumed the project would come together rather quickly. While the film has indeed attracted some very high level talent, getting it off the ground has proved more difficult. David Fincher flirted with the director’s chair before ultimately walking away, leading Danny Boyle to sign on to take the helm. Then Leonardo DiCaprio circled the starring role before dropping out, followed by Christian Bale who did the same thing. Michael Fassbender attached himself to star earlier this month, but somewhat surprisingly Sony put the picture in turnaround last week (possibly on account of losing Bale as the star).
Universal subsequently swooped in and acquired the project (with an eye on Awards Season 2015, no doubt), and now another major piece of the puzzle has been solved: Natalie Portman is in talks to join the cast. More after the jump. [Update: Variety reports that Portman has now passed on the role.]