Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Katherine Waterston Nets Role In Steve Jobs Bio

Deadline reports that Inherent Vice actress Katherine Waterston has been offered the role of Chrisann Brennan in the authorized biopic about late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs that jumped from Sony Pictures to Universal Pictures.

Michael Fassbender is primed to replace Christian Bale in the film. Bale dropped out of the film last month.

Leonardo DiCaprio took himself out of the running for the role weeks ago. DiCaprio has stated that he wanted a break for a while, having shot Django Unchained, The Great Gatsby and The Wolf of Wall Street in succession . Having taken this break he is starting work on The Revenant, it would appear that DiCaprio did not want to shoot films back to back again.

Danny Boyle is eyed to replace David Fincher in the big chair.  DiCaprio and Boyle made The Beach together that released in 2000. Fincher and Sony Pictures were at odds over his aggressive demands for compensation and control of the biopic. Ironically  Fincher wanted to have Bale to play Jobs in the film. The studio looked at Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Bradley Cooper for the title role after Leo's exit.

Chrisann was Jobs' first wife, who had am often acrimonious relationship with Jobs.

Seth Rogen is in talks to join the biopic playing co-founder Steve Wozniak. Jeff Daniels is the top choice for the key supporting role of former Apple CEO John Sculley in the film. Natalie Portman decided to pass on doing the film as the female lead. Variety has Kate Winslet taking over the role. Michael Stuhlbarg will play Andy Hertzfeld, a computer scientist who, along with a team, worked to come up with the Macintosh Operating System.

"The West Wing" creator and "The Social Network" writer Aaron Sorkin's adapted script of author  Walter Isaacson's authorized biography will give the film a unique narrative.

Talking at the Hero Summit  he says "this entire movie is going to be three scenes, and three scenes only, that all take place in real time."

All three thirty-minute scenes will be "set right before three major product launches." Those three products? The original Macintosh computer in 1984, the NeXT Cube in 1990, and the first generation iPod in 2001. Sorkin finished the script earlier this year.

Mark Gordon, Scott Rudin and Guymon Casady will be producing the film being called Steve Jobs for now.

Production is expected to start in the spring.

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