In the continuing saga of Sony’s quest to make a Steve Jobs biopic with Danny Boyle directing from an Aaron Sorkin screenplay, Variety has learned that Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave, X-Men: Days of Future Past) is now up for the role of the influential Apple co-founder.
According to the article, Sony quickly sought out a new leading man when it became clear that Christian Bale would no longer be involved in the project. Those efforts have led them to begin “early talks” with Fassbender, as the studio continues to aggressively develop a project which has seen its fair share of setbacks. These go back to the project’s first chosen director David Fincher, who left relatively early on when it was made clear that he and Sony wouldn’t be able to work well together. A number of actors were up for the part before Sony had zeroed in on Bale, and the only somewhat firm casting announcement has been regarding the supporting Steve Wozniak role, now apparently filled by Seth Rogen.
The news of Fassbender being sought out is slightly surprising since his name had yet to come up for consideration, but it would definitely be a good choice for the actor who is making a name for himself as Hollywood’s latest dedicated chameleon. Fassbender has shown a great deal of range in his chosen roles, from the detached android David in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, to his embodiment of classic X-Men comics character Magneto in both First Class and Days of Future Past, as well as his critically acclaimed turn as sadistic planter Edwin Epps in 12 Years a Slave.
Fassbender is also attached to a couple of other high profile future projects, including 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse where he’ll return as Magneto, as well as an adaptation of the popular video game series Assassin’s Creed, which he will both star in and produce.
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