When Ashton Kutcher was cast as Steve Jobs in the aptly named jOBS film, many an Internet commentator was concerned that perhaps he wouldn't have the presence or acting chops to play the late, great Apple creator. On the other hand, he does bear a surprising resemblance to Jobs early on in his career - at least as far as biopic resemblances go.
The first official photo featuring Kutcher in his Steve Jobs getup has been released as part of the Sundance Film Festival lineup, which also features cast and plot info for the film.
Check the photo out below:
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The image is intended to recall an actual photo of Steve Jobs from way back in the day, with the same outfit, hair, beard, and THINK poster in the background.
Check out that photo for comparison:
If nothing else, it's probably safe to say that the filmmakers have done a top-notch job of making Ashton Kutcher look as much like Steve Jobs as is physically possible. Though I can't help but notice that the Kutcher photo is still totally missing a lot of key details - namely, where's the candy apple?
Finally, here's the listing, from the Sundance Film Festival website:
jOBS / U.S.A. (Director: Joshua Michael Stern, Screenwriter: Matt Whiteley) — The true story of one of the greatest entrepreneurs in American history, jOBS chronicles the defining 30 years of Steve Jobs’ life. jOBS is a candid, inspiring and personal portrait of the one who saw things differently. Cast: Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons, Matthew Modine.
jOBS is only one of two Steve Jobs biopics currently in the works, the other one being Steve Jobs, which Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) is writing. That film hasn't gotten past the written stage yet, but both George Clooney and Noah Wyle - who already played Jobs in Pirates of Silicon Valley - have been rumored to be up for the role.
If you really love biopics, Steve Jobs, and/or Ashton Kutcher, jOBS is probably the movie for you. Look for it in 2013.
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