Given the rather odd casting choice, I feel the need to preface this story with the assertion that this is not an April Fools’ Day joke; this story is (as reported) 100% real. With that in mind, Mr. Ashton Kutcher is apparently readying to play the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in a biopic called Jobs. The notion of a Jobs-centric biopic isn’t exactly new, as Sony began developing such a film merely days after the innovator’s passing. Last we heard, The Social Network scribe Aaron Sorkin was considering penning the studio project, but Jobs is an entirely separate film. Hit the jump for more.
Per Variety, Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote) is set to direct Jobs from a script by Matt Whiteley. The film will chronicle Jobs’ life “from a wayward hippie to co-founder of Apple.” Despite Kutcher’s fairly heavy comedic background, I have to admit he does look a great deal like Jobs. Nevertheless, appearance isn’t the highest item on my list when looking at the casting of a biopic, and Kutcher’s dramatic resume doesn’t exactly lead me to believe that he’ll knock the Jobs role out of the park.
Production on Jobs is slated to get underway in May, casting some doubt over the necessity of Sony’s project. I’d be thrilled to see a Sorkin-penned biopic of Jobs’ life, but the studio has to decide whether or not they want to be the second Jobs film out of the gate by a longshot. Though I don’t necessarily think Kutcher’s the right choice to take on the Jobs role, it’s nice to see him willing to stretch his acting chops; he could easily fall into a lapse of complacency with his high profile role on Two and a Half Men. That said, I’d like nothing more than to be pleasantly surprised by his performance so we’ll see how things shake out.