Universal Picks Up Steve Jobs Biopic, Eyes Natalie Portman

By November 26, 2014

It looks as though the troubled Steve Jobs biopic, which began life at Sony Pictures under director David Fincher, has been given a new lease on life. According to Deadline, Universal Pictures has picked up the rights to the project that Sony put into turnaround, and have begun actively scouting for actors and actresses to fill out the cast. Director Danny Boyle is reportedly still attached to lead the project, which will shoot from a screenplay by Aaron Sorkin (“The West Wing,” “The Newsroom”) that is based off of the Jobs biography by author Walter Isaacson.

In the same piece, Deadline is also reporting that Universal has begun negotiations with actress Natalie Portman for an unspecified role in the film, to which Michael Fassbender remains attached for the title role. The only other role that was reportedly either cast or near casting was for Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, to which Seth Rogen has been attached.

Portman will likely have to find time in her increasingly busy schedule, as she’s currently busy developing her directorial debut A Tale of Love and Darkness, in addition to other upcoming acting and producing roles on other projects.

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