Christian Bale to Play Steve Jobs in New Movie

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Oscar-winner Christian Bale, who has played Batman and Moses, is about to take on another iconic figure: Steve Jobs.

Sources confirm the actor is in talks to star in “Jobs,” Sony’s biopic about the late Apple co-founder.

Based on Walter Isaacson’s biography “Steve Jobs,” the real-life drama is directed by Danny Boyle and written by Aaron Sorkin.

Scott Rudin will produce along with Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady.

Sorkin has publicly said the movie will be divided into three long scenes, each taking place backstage before one of Apple’s famous product launches.

“The first one being the Mac,” he told the Daily Beast. “The second one being NeXT, after he had left Apple. And the third one being the iPod.”

“It’s a little like writing about the Beatles,” he added. “There are so many people out there that know him and revere him.”

Leonardo DiCaprio had been circling the role but eventually passed to take time off from acting. David Fincher had also been in talks at one point to direct.

Sony acquired rights following the Apple mogul’s death in 2011.

Bale, who can next be seen in Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” is still negotiating for the Travis McGee pic “The Deep Blue Goodbye” at Fox. Sources tell Variety talks have taken longer then expected because Bale was not interested in doing a sequel to “Deep Blue” while Fox wanted one.

Insiders say Bale would likely shoot “Jobs” in the spring and follow it up with ‘The Deep Blue Goodbye.”

He is repped by WME.


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  1. Bear says:

    Why are cannonizing Steve Jobs when there are more worthy subject matter… greed is not ok… making a commodity off of snoyherbprrson blood sweat & tears and hacking up everything into byte size pirces for mass consumption is destroying the art world… if you don’t believe it just take a good hard look at the music world today… then the tv world… its the same thing just dressed up diffrently… the iphobe & Macintosh proprietary software is bully boy… enough already. .. give the artists room to do there thing unimpeded bu corrupted corporatism

  2. TinLV says:

    Nothing against Steve Jobs.. but what makes them think that a movie about him will make any money ?

  3. Jim H says:

    Excellent casting. Don’t know if it will come out well, but that’s a good start. DiCaprio… not Jobs. But I’m really happy about a Travis McGee being made, particularly, The Deep Blue Goodbye. The ending? Not to be missed. Have they made “The Girl, the Gold Watch and Everything?” They should. It’s as good as the title, and that’s going some.

  4. Rick says:

    How many Steve Jobs movies need to come out? There’s already The Pirates of Silicon Valley, and Jobs. How many more do we need? Sheesh.

  5. Pine Hurst says:

    A lot of people wonder why Sony is doing a Steve Jobs biopic when one has already been done. It’s not clear if the public will want to see another Jobs movie. And, of course, Apple took a great deal of Sony’s business when it introduced the iPod over 10 years ago. The reason is because Sony, Sony founder Akio Morita, and Steve Jobs had a very special relationship. Jobs first visited Sony headquarters in Japan in the 80s and would go back many times over the years. He became close friends with Morita who would allow him to explore company operations on his own free will, according to Kunitake Ando. “Everything I’ve ever wanted to do is already done at Sony,” he once said. Obviously, he was thinking more about design technology and operations, rather than specific products–this was before the iPod. Sony and Apple actually worked together on several projects, including Sony’s QTRAC audio, and Jobs at one point wanted Sony VAIO to run MacOS–but Sony declined. Jobs also reportedly got the idea for Apple Stores from SonyStyle stores, while Jobs gave Sony the idea of putting GPS into digital cameras. Even now, iPhones use Sony camera image sensors. The Nobi interview says that Morita was fond of two American youngsters–Michael Jackson and Steve Jobs, both of whom he often invited to company HQ.
    So, while the press portrays the two companies as archenemies, the truth is that they have had a close relationships since the 1980s, thanks to the friendship between Steve Jobs and Akio Morita.

  6. AJ says:

    Jobs movie…blah. I want more than one Travis McGee movie! I love those books!!

  7. WSPH11 says:

    I think he can pull it off

  8. John T. says:

    ” in talks to star in “Jobs,” is a lot different than your headline “Christian Bale to Play Steve Jobs”.

    Click bait headline. C’mon Variety.

  9. Therimun says:

    Well, he was long overdue for playing a villain…

  10. Ikingjosh says:

    How can you post the matter-of-factly “Christian Bale to Play Steve Jobs in New Movie” and then in the body state that he’s just in talks. There’s a big difference. This is poor reporting isn’t it?

  11. machavilli says:

    An amazing actor..looking forward to his next transformation

  12. Hunter says:

    And the Academy Award for best actor goes to… This is just straight up Academy fodder and they’re going to eat it up

  13. LOL says:

    The guy can’t act. He fools people by going to extreme physiological lengths in order to make up for his average acting skills. Bale plays Bale in everything he’s done.

  14. Frank MaSSa says:

    Perfect.. now we get to see some real acting….. Ashton who ????? :p

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