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ER star Noah Wyle was the first actor to portray Apple co-founder Steve Jobs on film in the 1999 TV movie The Pirates of Silicon Valley, but he definitely won’t be the last. Ashton Kutcher is going from replacing Charlie Sheen to stepping into the late CEO’s shoes for a new film called Jobs.
Variety is reporting that Two and a Half Men star Ashton Kutcher has been confirmed as the next actor to portray Apple co-founder Steve Jobs on the silver screen in an independent production called Jobs, directed by Joshua Michael Stern of Swing Vote fame from a screenplay by Matt Whiteley.
“The film will chronicle Steve Jobs from wayward hippie to co-founder of Apple, where he became one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of our time,” Variety reveals, with the film slated to roll next month while Kutcher is on hiatus from his CBS series.
The news broke on Sunday, which just so happened to be April 1st -- better known to pranksters as April Fool’s Day -- but the casting news is quite real, having been confirmed a second time by The Hollywood Reporter.
If the choice of former That ‘70s Show doofus Kutcher doesn’t tickle your fancy, keep in mind that this is not the Sony Pictures film based on Walter Isaacson’s bestselling book -- that’s still in development while this independent production tries to steal some of it thunder by presumably hitting theatres first.
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(Image courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter)