Christian Bale in Negotiations to Play Steve Jobs in Danny Boyle’s Biopic

By October 16, 2014

Ashton Kutcher portrayed Steve Jobs in an underwhelming biopic called Jobs a couple of years ago, but a new biopic of the famed Apple genius has been in the works ever since he died, with The Social Network scribe Aaron Sorkin writing a screenplay that would take place in three essentially real-time thirty minute chunks at various points in Jobs’ life. David Fincher was going to direct it at one point, and he had Christian Bale in mind to star, but eventually he left due to issues of creative control. Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle stepped in to replace Fincher, and was looking at his The Beach star Leonardo DiCaprio for the lead role, but when Leo dropped out too, Bale resurfaced in the conversation alongside Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Bradley Cooper as possible choices to lead the film.

Now THR reports that Bale is in early negotiations to play Jobs, which means that there seems to finally be a light at the end of this tunnel. Sources say Bale is still interested in playing Travis McGee in The Deep Blue Goodbye for 20th Century Fox, but that this option opened up because he balked a bit at Fox’s attempts to lock him down for multiple sequels. If this deal gets worked out, he’ll play Jobs first, and the report says that he’s now considering doing sequels for Deep Blue Goodbye as well, so there’s a chance everyone could get what they want in the end.

Bale is obviously an intense, transformative actor (check out a recent video I shot with him talking about his upcoming Exodus: Gods and Kings), but is he the right guy to play Jobs? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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