Leonardo DiCaprio to Play Steve Jobs for Director Danny Boyle Now

April 21, 2014
Source: THR

Steven Jobs / Leonardo DiCaprio

Though we previously reported that The Social Network director David Fincher was being eyed to direct the developing biopic on Apple founder Steve Jobs that is set up at Sony Pictures, the filmmaker sadly fell away from the project. Reportedly a disagreement over Fincher's paycheck and creative control is what caused the director to pass on the project, which also means that Christian Bale is up for the role of Jobs anymore. But now it appears we have a new director and lead actor for the film as THR has learned that 127 Hours and Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle is in talks to direct the biopic. But who will star?

Funnily enough, Boyle has Leonardo DiCaprio in his sights to lead the film written by Aaron Sorkin. However, deals aren't quite done at this point, and DiCaprio just committed to star in The Revenant for Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu. That film starts shooting in September, so this biopic likely won't get off the ground until 2015, unless the script and production schedule can come together in the four months between now and production start on The Revenant, which may be possible since the film is supposed to consist of three long scenes, each taking place before the reveal of one of Apple's product launches for Mac, NeXT and the iPod. This would mark the first time Boyle and DiCaprio have worked with Sorkin, and also a reunion since the two worked on the 2000 thriller The Beach. This certainly sounds like a promising collaboration, but we'll see if it actually comes together. Sound good?

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    This is just silly.
  • Snowmanfloza
    Apple is wack, DiCaprio is dope, Boyle is the man.....
  • Alex Morrison
    I'd rather Christian Bale than Leo, and even though he was pretty crap, Ashton Kutcher did look exactly like Steve Jobs in the 70's and 80's
  • OfficialJab
    Let's start with who isn't playing Steve Jobs.
    • denverchris
      Dwayne Johnson.
      • DavideCoppola
        You racist!
      • That'd be amazing if he was.
  • dawko
    Aprils fools a bit late
  • The Beach is one of my all time favorite movies so yeah im hyped
  • Quynh Truong
    at least have an actor looks like jobs
    • HG2012
      we already did with ashton and it didn't do well go for talent over looks
  • Chuckee Knowlton
    The only thing that could possibly make me LESS interested in this would be if Scorsese directed it. What a waste of time.
  • Xerxexx
    Would rather see 28 Months Later.
    • Benjamin Hunter
      And I want Firefly back...
      • Xerxexx
        That's the dream. At least we have Serenity.
  • Trey Wilson
    Wow. Now that's what I call 'miscasting.' Leo constantly frowns and grits his jaw. He always has the same expression in his films. Without a wig and prosthetics, I can't see how he can morph into Steve Jobs' character.
  • DavideCoppola
    He's a great actor, but I don't see any resemblance.. Stanley Tucci would have been a better choice.
  • ProjectionistHP
    Is Jobs really somekind of godfigure in the states? Is two movies (at least that I know of) really neseccery for this guy?
    • denverchris
      Good or bad, he brought about a lot of disruptive change in the industry. He's a godfigure to some, but I think most know they are worshipping an oft-petty tyrant who had a penchant for sheparding some good ideas.
  • Rock n Rollllll
    I was more enthused when it was Fincher and Bale.
  • denverchris
    There's absolutely nothing in Boyle's oeuvre that points to him being able to shoot a bunch of people standing around talking and keep it interesting. His style isn't suited to a Sorkin script. Keep looking Sony. The Jobs bio is a story worth telling, Kutcher's version be damned. As an aside, I wish the team that did the Pirates of Silicon Valley would find it themselves to do a sequel. Detail the browser wars, Gates descent into philanthropy, Jobs and his ipod, iPhone, the G4 cube failure, pancreatic cancer and liver transplant. Play up the Ascent of Google as a disruptive influence. End it with either Jobs speech at Stanford or the Gates/Jobs interview that spawned those "we're rich" meme a few years ago. Bring back the original actors. It'd fly. Pirates of Silicon Valley 2 - Pirate Harder. Do it!
  • How many Steve Jobs movies do we need?
  • Lautaro
    Fincher + Bale > Doyle + DiCaprio I was excited before, not anymore.




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