Natalie Portman Now in Talks to Join Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs Biopic
Now that Universal Pictures has grabbed the Steve Jobs biopic from Sony Pictures, the studio is starting to round up a supporting cast to surround star Michael Fassbender in the film from Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle. Deadline has word that Natalie Portman is now in talks for a role in the film, and while specifics of her character have not been revealed, it's said to be a major role for the Oscar winner. The script from Aaron Sorkin has been said to focus on the launch of three separate Apple products, which will end up spanning 16 years in the life of the technology innovator, but more details have come to light now.
Sorkin recently revealed (via The Wrap) that there are seven other characters besides Jobs himself in the movie. The writer says:
“I've spent a lot of time with the other seven characters who are in the movie, like Joanna Hoffman, who's a fantastic character. She was the head of marketing for the Mac team. John Sculley was the CEO of Apple and became famous, or infamous depending on how you look at it, for firing Steve Jobs from Apple. He's a wonderful man and a great character. In this movie, Jobs has conflicts with all of them that get dramatized and worked out in a very compressed, very claustrophobic environment.”
Sculley's involvement in Apple is a point of tensions in the early 80s as there was a power struggle between Jobs and the man who used to be an exeecutive at Pepsi. In addition, Sorkin also explained to The Independent that much like The Social Network, the film is about the people involved in these technological advances as opposed to the products themselves, "With The Social Network, I was interested in the psychology of the world’s most successful social networking system being invented by the world’s most anti-social guy. And in the case of Steve Jobs, it’s the relationships he had – particularly with his daughter, Lisa – that drew me to it.” So Portman could be playing Hoffman or Jobs' daughter. Stay tuned for more.