Aaron Sorkin wrote the screenplay, which is adapted from Walter Isaacson’s biography. The cast also includes Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlbarg and Katherine Waterston. Boyle, Fassbender and Winslet will attend the closing night gala screening, which marks the film’s European premiere.
Spanning a period of 14 years between 1984 and 1998, the story is built around three seminal product launches — of the Macintosh in 1984, the NeXT “Cube” in 1988 and the iMac in 1998 — and it uses this structure “to create a cross-hatched portrait of Jobs’ life, and to tell the story of the new mass-market technologies that have revolutionized how we communicate with one another,” the festival stated.
Boyle said: “If London was the cradle of the Industrial Revolution then San Francisco is the Bethlehem of the digital one. We had a brilliant time making this movie in Silicon Valley and I hope Londoners will enjoy a behind-the-scenes look into the making of the modern world.”
Clare Stewart, the BFI London Film Festival’s director, commented: “Danny Boyle has created an exhilarating and audacious film starring Michael Fassbender as the complex, charismatic digital pioneer.”
The film’s producers are Mark Gordon, Guymon Casady, Scott Rudin, Boyle and Christian Colson.