The Aaron Sorkin-scripted Steve Jobs biopic has taken a big step back, with word that Christian Bale will no longer be playing the co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc.
A bit over a week after screenwriter Sorkin (The Social Network) confirmed the rumours of Bale’s casting, THR reports that the actor has now left the project. Their sources say Bale felt he simply wasn’t right for the part, after “much deliberation and conflicting feelings”.
Director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire) is said to now be in talks with other actors to lead the film, which had been set for a production start this winter (U.S. season).
As we reported last week, Seth Rogen is being eyed to play Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple, and Jessica Chastain is being eyed for an undisclosed part.
Leonardo DiCaprio was also offered the role of Steve Jobs a while back, but passed it up before accepting a role in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant.
Time will tell which big name pops up next. We’ll let you know as soon as we do…