Ashton Kutcher to play Steve Jobs in indie film
Star squares up against Sony's blockbuster biopic with indie movie about Apple founder
INDEPENDENT filmmakers producing a movie about Steve Jobs have hired Ashton Kutcher to play the late Apple co-founder.
The casting of the star of Two and a Half Men could help the indie movie steal a march over a rival film, which is being made by Hollywood studio Sony Pictures.
Sony’s as-yet-untitled biopic will be based on Walter Isaacson's bestselling biography, Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, which is the only authorised book about Jobs's life.
Variety is reporting that the Kutcher film, Jobs, will tell the story of the tech icon's journey from "wayward hippie to co-founder of Apple, where he became one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of our time". Jobs will be directed by Joshua Michael Stern, who is best known for his 2008 Kevin Costner election comedy Swing Vote.
A self-confessed technophile, Kutcher, 34, is one of the most prolific celebrity tweeters and has also made significant investments into several Silicon Valley start-ups. Yet it is most likely that his uncanny resemblance to the young Steve Jobs is what clinched the deal.
Sony has reportedly approached Aaron Sorkin, of The West Wing and The Social Network fame, to write its screenplay. Sorkin said in November that he was in the "thinking-about-it stages". He added: "It's a really big movie and it's going to be a great movie no matter who writes it. He was a great entrepreneur, he was a great artist, a great thinker."