Though it sounded like it was an April Fools Joke at first – in fact the story broke on that very day – news of Ashton Kutcher being cast as Steve Jobs was actually true.
The movie - tentatively titled Jobs: Get Inspired - sees Kutcher playing the Apple co-founder in a biopic directed by Joshua Michael Stern, which its producer hopes to release later this year. It should be noted that this is one of two developing Steve Jobs biopics currently in the works.
The differences between these two biopics is this: the one Sony is working on will be based on Waler Isaacson’s book Steve Jobs. The studio is courting Social Network and Moneyball scribe Aaron Sorkin to pen that script.
Get Inspired will not be based on a book, and now we are getting a few more details as to what it will include. In an interview with Neowin, producer Mark Hulme said that Jobs: Get Inspired will focus on Apple corporation from 1971-2000. This means that Stern will have to cast the roles of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, former Apple CEOs John Scully and Mike Markkula, and early Apple employee Daniel Kottke.
Hulme added that they were in talks to cast exciting actors to fill the aforementioned roles - though it's unlikely that any new casting announcements could live up to the shock of Kutcher as Jobs. Hulme expressed no concern over the similarities between the two Jobs-centered films.
“Sony is a highly respected company, and Isaacson’s book is a great read. But our project was in development even before the release of Isaacson’s book and our movie will be out well before their movie.”
So what is Hulme using as source material? Well according to the site, the film plans to use “the support of primary sources who knew him personally.” Basically Jobs’ social circles from 1971 to 2000 and anyone close to him will most likely be used as a reference for the movie.
But as to how, exactly, Kutcher got the job to portray Jobs (besides the uncanny resemblance), here is what Hulme had to say:
“Since our film covers the early years of Apple, when Jobs was in his 20′s, we needed an actor who could carry not only the youthfulness of Jobs at the time but also the psychological complexity. Because of that, and Ashton’s physical similarities to Jobs, he’s perfect for our film… When Ashton read the script he was immediately attracted to the project. He is a Steve Jobs and Apple fan, and is technologically savvy, as well, so he recognized the historical importance of Steve Jobs and the potential of the project. He is very excited to have the role.”
That seems to make sense, Kutcher is an avid Twitter user, is the face of Nikon cameras, and is behind the launch of numerous popular shows and websites. As a result, it seems fitting that Kutcher get the job - assuming that he can bring the actual talent necessary to pull it off. The producer did admit that the people behind the cameras are not connected with Apple in anyway and that distribution deals are still being worked out.
Hulme also specified that Jobs: Get Inspired could be released in the fourth quarter of this year.