Aaron Sorkin has confirmed that Christian Bale will play Steve Jobs in Sony’s upcoming biopic about the Apple co-founder. Sorkin penned the script and Danny Boyle is attached to direct. Mark Gordon, Scott Rudin and Guymon Casady are producing.
In an interview with Bloomberg, the Oscar-winning screenwriter revealed that Bale wasn’t required to audition for the role. “There was a meeting. The role is an extremely difficult role; he has more words to say in this movie than most people have in three movies combined. There isn’t a scene or frame that he’s not in,” Sorkin explained.
For Sorkin, Bale was apparently the clear choice: “We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that’s Chris Bale,” he said. “It’s an extremely difficult part and he’s gonna crush it.”
Sorkin has previously stated that the movie will be divided into three long scenes, each taking place backstage before one of Apple’s famous product launches.
Leonardo DiCaprio was rumored to be considering the role at an earlier point, while David Fincher had also been in talks to direct. Sorkin’s screenplay is based on Walter Isaacson’s biography, “Steve Jobs.”
Ashton Kutcher starred in a separate biopic, “Jobs,” in 2013. That film, directed by Joshua Michael Stern and written by Matt Whiteley, failed to impress critics or audiences, earning $16 million domestically from a budget of $12 million.
Watch Sorkin’s interview with Bloomberg below.