Matthew Modine has never had much of a problem with finding steady work since he broke into the industry in the early ’80s. Run through the actor’s filmography and you will see that the Full Metal Jacket star has held some sort of television or movie role in just about every year since his 1982 debut.
In a summer that will already feature a role for Modine in the highly-anticipated Dark Knight Rises (he will play Deputy Commissioner Foley) comes word that the actor’s next gig will be in one of the forthcoming movies about Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
THR is reporting that Matthew Modine has agreed to join Ashton Kutcher and Josh Gad in the Steve Jobs biopic entitled Jobs. Kutcher is set to star as Jobs, while Gad (Love and Other Drugs) will play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. According to the reports, Modine will play John Sculley, the man whom the late Jobs recruited in 1983 to lead Apple, and who famously wound up firing Jobs two years later. Jobs will be directed by Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote).
In a statement released about his new role Modine says:
“It’s my feeling — and I think there’s a lot of people who feel — that had John Sculley not fired Steve Jobs from Apple Computers and [let] Steve go on the journey that he did when he was away from Apple Computers, that we wouldn’t be speaking about Steve Jobs today.”
Jobs will explore the younger years of Steve Jobs, the genius co-founder of Apple Inc and the man who is a huge part of the advancement in today’s technology. Jobs is responsible for the release of such gadgets as the iPod, Macbook, iPad and countless others. He also helped found Pixar Animation Studios, and in 2011 tragically lost his life after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
The addition of the veteran Modine can be seen as a positive by anyone who was already a bit wary about whether Kutcher (Two and a Half Men) will be able to pull of a role as Steve Jobs.
Meanwhile, Sony continues to develop a different Steve Jobs biopic, which is based off the critically-acclaimed biography written by Walter Isaacson. The script for that film is being written by Aaron Sorkin (Moneyball), who many will argue is one the best writers in the industry today. It remains to be seen whether one Jobs biopic will outshine the other.
Production for Jobs is already under way and hopes for a release this fall.