Just as news got out that Seth Rogen was in talks to take a part in the Danny Boyle-directed Steve Jobs biopic, now the slightly disheartening scoop comes from THR that Christian Bale won’t be there to meet him. After circling and eventually signing for the job, the trade reveals that the ex-Dark Knight has abandoned the project, feeling that he simply isn’t right for the part.
It was only two weeks ago that we got word from the films smart The Social Network scribe, Aaron Sorkin that Bale was on board for the project, and expressed a huge amount of enthusiasm over their choice for the role. The Newsroom creator revealed that it was an ‘extremely difficult part’ and that he was going to ‘crush it’ in the shoes of Steve. He may have Mr. Sorkin, but I guess we’ll never know now.
Originally eyed by David Fincher before being handed over to Boyle, the untitled Steve Jobs film will focus on three important parts of the innovator’s life; the reveal of the first Mackintosh, followed by NeXT and of course, the day when Jobs wandered on stage with a nifty little gadget known as the iPod. It was kind of a big deal, back then. So far, Rogen is possibly down to take the part of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, and Jessica Chastain’s name has been mentioned for a role that has yet to be confirmed.
An air of uncertainty now rests over the project, as Boyle and co. will no doubt have to search far and wide for a replacement. Whilst you’d think they’d have a back up, in the same interview where Sorkin revealed Bale was on board, he did reveal that he didn’t even have to audition for the role. Hopefully whoever is next in line won’t get the gig so easily. When Boyle climbed aboard, there was talk of Leonardo DiCaprio eyeing the role, maybe they could give him a call and do some heavy begging to get him back?
What do you think though? Has Bale bailing put you off the idea of seeing the film whenever things settle? Or do you think Ashton Kutcher already did the job in the previous film?