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.

DAVIDPD on Apr 21, 2014


Apple is wack, DiCaprio is dope, Boyle is the man.....

Snowmanfloza on Apr 21, 2014


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

Alex Morrison on Apr 21, 2014


Let's start with who isn't playing Steve Jobs.

OfficialJab on Apr 21, 2014


Dwayne Johnson.

denverchris on Apr 22, 2014


You racist!

DavideCoppola on Apr 22, 2014


That'd be amazing if he was.

Carpola on Apr 22, 2014


Aprils fools a bit late

dawko on Apr 21, 2014


The Beach is one of my all time favorite movies so yeah im hyped

Jesse Bangerter on Apr 21, 2014


at least have an actor looks like jobs

Quynh Truong on Apr 21, 2014


we already did with ashton and it didn't do well go for talent over looks

HG2012 on Apr 21, 2014


The only thing that could possibly make me LESS interested in this would be if Scorsese directed it. What a waste of time.

Chuckee Knowlton on Apr 21, 2014


Would rather see 28 Months Later.

Xerxexx on Apr 21, 2014


That's the dream. At least we have Serenity.

Xerxexx on Apr 22, 2014


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.

Trey Wilson on Apr 21, 2014


He's a great actor, but I don't see any resemblance.. Stanley Tucci would have been a better choice.

DavideCoppola on Apr 22, 2014


Is Jobs really somekind of godfigure in the states? Is two movies (at least that I know of) really neseccery for this guy?

ProjectionistHP on Apr 22, 2014


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.

denverchris on Apr 22, 2014


I was more enthused when it was Fincher and Bale.

Rock n Rollllll on Apr 22, 2014


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!

denverchris on Apr 22, 2014


How many Steve Jobs movies do we need?

Brian Ricci on Apr 22, 2014


Fincher + Bale > Doyle + DiCaprio I was excited before, not anymore.

Lautaro on Apr 23, 2014

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