This comes as no surprise. Christian Bale is all but confirmed for the lead role in the “real” Steve Jobs biopic (as opposed to the lightweight one starring Ashton Kutcher that came out last year), which will be directed by Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle. Bale was considered a front-runner for a while, alongside top-tier names like Leonardo DiCaprio, who reportedly passed on the project.
The script was written by Aaron Sorkin, adapted from Walter Isaacson’s bestselling book, Steve Jobs. The last time Sorkin adapted a book centered around a tech giant, he won an Oscar for The Social Network, so it’s our guess that Bale will have some meaty dialogue to chew.
No one else has been cast, but on a recent appearance on The Howard Stern Show (where he shared a delicious Jennifer Lawrence story), comedian Ike Barinholtz revealed that he auditioned in front of Boyle and Sorkin for the role of Jobs’ Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. He did not get the part, but expect that role, along with the rest of the cast to be announced soon.
In Bale, the filmmakers have found a true chameleon who’s famous for losing and putting on dramatic amounts of weight for specific roles. But since Sorkin has said the movie will take place as three long scenes, each backstage before one of Apple’s big announcements, Bale will most likely not have to drop significant pounds to portray an ill Steve Jobs in his later years.