Michael Fassbender, who earned himself an Academy Award nomination with his fantastic performance in last year’s Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave, is the latest actor eyed to play Steve Jobs in Sony’s long-gestating biopic.
We only reported that Christian Bale had exited the project yesterday, and Deadline is already reporting that the filmmakers are liking the idea of Fassbender taking on the role. Deadline says they “don’t want to get carried away” with the news just yet, so it’s clear that this news should be taken with caution.
Fassbender has a heap of projects on the horizon, with crime-drama Trespass Against Us, western-thriller Slow West, an untitled Terrence Malick project, and Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth all expected to drop in the next year. Not to mention the fact that he’s signed on for Assassin’s Creed and X-Men: Apocalypse, which is set for U.S. release on 27 May 2016.
Though Fassbender’s schedule is clearly busy, Sony’s planned biopic will probably have a short shooting schedule. The screenplay, penned by Academy Award-winner Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network), is to consist of three scenes that take place backstage before the launch of three Apple products: the Mac, the NeXT, and the iPod. Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire) is directing.