Now that Christian Bale is set to star as Apple’s influential figurehead and inventor Steve Jobs, the other elements of Danny Boyle’s upcoming production are set to fall in place. One of the most pivotal pieces to the cast has now fallen in line.
Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of the computer company along with Jobs, has been cast. According to Variety, Seth Rogen will take on the part opposite Bale, giving faces to the two most pivotal personalities in Apple’s development for the film. While the cast has yet to be completely filled out, with actress Jessica Chastain apparently up for an unspecified part, forward momentum continues to be made on the project, which is moving closer to active production. As we’ve previously stated, the film will be based on author Walter Isaacson’s biography of the late mogul, with a screenplay by Aaron Sorkin (“The Newsroom,” “The West Wing”), who will also apply his own research either in addition to or instead of material from the book.
Sorkin has gone on record stating that the movie will be organized into three long scenes, each taking place around the same time of one of Apple’s major product launches.
Wozniak helped co-found Apple Computer in 1976 along with Jobs and Ronald Wayne, and single-handedly designed the two computers that defined Apple’s early success: the Apple I, and the Apple II. These two machines helped change the landscape significantly for the computer industry, launching a “revolution” that would ultimately lead to the smaller personal computers which are commonplace today. Wozniak would serve as a regular Apple employee until he left the full-time employment of the company in 1987. Since leaving the company on a full-time basis, Wozniak has actually been a rather harsh critic of both Apple itself and of Steve Jobs, whom he maintained contact with until Jobs’ death in 2011, though he candidly described their relationship by saying they were “not close friends” when asked about it in 2006. Wozniak has even described the creation of Apple as the “bane of [his] existence” in a 2007 book, feeling that its success hindered what he actually wanted to do with his life.
There’s no word yet on a firm start date or a release window for the upcoming film, but be sure to keep an eye on GeekNation for any news related to its development! What do you think about Rogen as Wozniak?
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