Natalie Portman Passes on Steve Jobs Biopic

Natalie Portman Quits Steve Jobs Biopic
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After beginning discussions to join “Jobs” before the Thanksgiving break, Natalie Portman has parted ways with the female lead in the Steve Jobs biopic.

“Jobs” currently stars Michael Fassbender as Jobs and Seth Rogen as Steven Wozniak with Danny Boyle directing. Aaron Sorkin penned the script with Scott Rudin, Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady producing.

The pic is based on the Walter Isaacson biography and was originally set up at Sony before Universal picked it up out of turnaround when Sony let it go.

Production is expected to start in the spring and while sources don’t have an exact reason why Portman passed, other than news probably breaking before the actress had made a decision on the film, sources say “Jobs” is still on track to make its production date and actresses are already meeting for the part.

Portman can be seen next in the Gavin O’Connor western “Jane Got a Gun” and is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment.

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  1. Peggy says:

    I think the jig is up on Sorkin screeplays. Most actresses know they will not be well served by anything that he writes. Also, I don’t see Fassbinder in a Sorkin movie. He only writes jews and anglo saxons. I don’t see a Irish catholic mouthing his words. Assuming Fassbender is catholic.

  2. Robert says:

    A Jobs Movie was just made! The one with Ashton Kutcher which was cast and told the story perfectly! We don’t need another this soon and I’d hate to see Seth Rogen as Wozniak, seriously.

  3. Karl L says:

    The movie hasn’t even been MADE and you’re already calling it a “wait for Netflix” project, despite the talent involved. I find it curious that Portman passes on this project after Fassbender has been cast. Maybe – maybe – it’s just a coincidence, but Fassbender’s dropped out of Portman’s pet project “Jane Got a Gun.” Then they were attached to star in “Macbeth” together – she dropped out and was replaced by Marion Cotillard. And now she passes on this… well, at least we’ll get to see them in the upcoming Terrence Malick film(s).

    • raschelle says:

      I’ve noticed that, too. I don’t know what’s going on between Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman, but there is something there. Just don’t know it…

  4. A says:

    A lot of “A Listers” seem to be passing on this movie. I was looking forward to it but am definitely less excited now … definitely a “wait for Netflix” movie.

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