DiCaprio Out of Steve Jobs Biopic; New Actor Shortlist Revealed

Danny Boyle Directing Steve Jobs Biopic

Fans of Apple and its legendary co-founder Steve Jobs have already seen one biopic based on the late tech icon's life (last year's Jobs), but many agreed that the Ashton Kutcher vehicle left a little to be desired (read our review) when it came to painting the definitive portrait of the man on screen.

Fortunately for those moviegoers, there is such a project in development. This currently untitled Jobs biopic was penned by Oscar-winner Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) and has generated buzz due to the story being told in three large, 30-minute scenes (highlighting the launch of the original Macintosh computer, the NeXT computer, and the first iPod) as opposed to a more traditional film structure.

Having such a talented scribe on board certainly helps in the prestige department, but it takes more than just a script to put a film together. Despite being in development for three years (around the time of Jobs' death), it finally acquired a director in the form of Danny Boyle (after David Fincher passed) and is still without a leading man.

When Boyle signed on to direct, it was reported that he was approaching Leonardo DiCaprio to take on the role of Jobs, but this will not happen. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Oscar-nominated thespian has stepped out, as he looks forward to taking a break from acting following production of Alejandro González Iñarritu's The Revenant.

As such, Sony is in need of finding someone else to head what is, on paper, a potential awards contender. THR revealed the studio's shortlist for possible candidates, which is quite star-studded. Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are all said to be on the wish list, though it is unknown which one of those names is ahead of the others.

Matt Damon as Jason Bourne

Bale, you may recall, was Fincher's choice for Jobs back when he was in talks to direct. It sounds as if that was an appealing proposition to Sony as well, since the Academy Award-winner is being eyed by the studio to portray Jobs. Bale recently signed on to play Bagheera in Andy Serkis' Jungle Book: Origins, but outside of that commitment, his plate is relatively clean. It's plausible to imagine the former Batman donning the black turtleneck.

The other actors - not so much. Affleck, of course, has a little indie known as Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice to complete before diving headfirst into his next directorial outing, Live by Night (plus, starring in The Accountant in between). Damon's planner is also packed, with Ridley Scott's The Martian, a potential Bourne re-teaming with Paul Greengrass, and possibly The Great Wall all on the horizon for him.

Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale in American Hustle
Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale in 'American Hustle'

Cooper has the clearest schedule out of the non-Bale contenders, but even he may not be available for long. He's long been attached to star in the film adaptation of the novel American Blood for Warner Bros. The film is currently director-less, but the studio would most likely want to get the ball rolling on that project sooner rather than later (given Cooper's high profile), meaning that he could soon be tied up work-wise as well.

There's no word yet on when the Jobs film will be released, but if the studio is drafting a wish list of actors now, they presumably would like to have the final product ready to go for awards season 2015. Sorkin and Boyle are both favorites of the Academy, and it sounds as if Sony wants a respected actor to join them in a quest for Oscar gold.

If Bale is the man for the job, we'll gladly sign on, as he has displayed an amazing ability to submerge himself in his roles, changing body style, mannerisms, and accents as he sees fit to truly become the person he's playing.

Who do you want to see play Steve Jobs? Let us know in the comments below!

We'll keep you updated on the Untitled Steve Jobs Biopic as more information becomes available.

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Source: Hollywood Reporter

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