Jeff Daniels Eyes Steve Jobs Biopic, But Natatlie Portman Has Passed
Right now, the final season of "The Newsroom" is airing on HBO with just one episode left in the season (which has been stirring up some controversy for this past Sunday's episode). And now it looks like one of Aaron Sorkin's stars from the show may head over to the Steve Jobs biopic that he scripted and is now set up at Universal Pictures after being shut down at Sony Pictures. The Wrap reports Jeff Daniels is currently being eyed to play former Apple CEO John Sculley in the film from Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle. He doesn't have an offer yet, but he's Boyle's top choice for the role, so this should easily be finalized.
However, this update also comes with news that Natalie Portman has passed on the role she was recently in talks for. Variety says Portman decided not to take the role, which has confirmed to be that of Joanna Hoffman, former marketing chief at Apple. So that role, as well as the role of Steve Jobs' daughter still needs to be filled. Michael Fassbender is still attached to the lead role of the Apple co-founder in the film, and it sounds like Seth Rogen is still set to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in the film as well. Here's hoping Universal can get this cast rounded up so the project can move forward.