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Seth Rogen to Play Apple Co-Founder Wozniak in Steve Jobs Biopic

Seth Rogen has been set to star as Steve Wozniak opposite Christian Bale in Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic, sources confirm.

Variety reported on Oct. 15 that Bale was in talks to star in “Jobs,” Sony’s biopic about the late Apple co-founder. Writer Aaron Sorkin recently confirmed the Bale casting.

Jessica Chastain is being eyed for an unspecified role.

Based on Walter Isaacson’s biography “Steve Jobs,” the real-life drama is directed by Oscar-winner Danny Boyle.

Scott Rudin is producing the tech drama along with Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady.

Sorkin, who also penned the Facebook drama “The Social Network,” has publicly said the movie will be divided into three long scenes, each taking place backstage before one of Apple’s famous product launches.

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

Wozniak founded Apple with Jobs and Ronald Wayne and is credited with launching the Apple I and Apple II computers in the late 1970s, which had a profound impact on the microcomputer revolution. He left Apple as a full-time employee in 1987.

Last year’s independently financed “Jobs” starred Ashton Kutcher as Jobs and Josh Gad as Wozniak and covered the era from 1974 to 2001 when the iPod launched. Worldwide box office was modest at $36 million.

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Rogen starred this year in Universal’s “Neighbors” and will be seen next with James Franco in Sony’s “The Interview.”

He is represented by UTA, Principal Entertainment LA and attorney Fred Toczek.

 

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