In a pretty surprising turn of events, Christian Bale has dropped out of his role as Steve Jobs in the upcoming biopic to be written by Aaron Sorkin, and directed by Danny Boyle.
Variety reports that negotiations with the Academy Award winner were “never fully underway,” and that he had certainly met with Boyle about taking on the part, but that a deal with Bale had never been finalized. This even after screenwriter Aaron Sorkin went on record talking about how Bale had firmly been cast and locked for the project, though now Sony will have to hunt for a replacement to bring the late Apple co-founder to life for their new film.
The project has had its fair share of setbacks even before cameras have begun rolling. While it was initially believed that David Fincher would be taking up the director’s chair for it, he became unattached apparently due to his demanding and somewhat adversarial relationship with Sony about what he wanted to move forward (which, interestingly enough, apparently included an “ultimatum” that he wanted Bale for the part). So far, the only firmly known cast member is Seth Rogen, who will be portraying company co-founder and Apple I and II designer Steve Wozniak.
Additionally, Bale is added to the list of actors who have dropped out of contention for the part, also including Leonardo DiCaprio. The former Batman can next be seen in Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings, opening on December 12th.
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