Batman, err, Christian Bale, is director David Fincher's top choice to play Steve Jobs in his upcoming biopic based on Walter Isaacsons's book about the late Apple CEO. According to The Wrap, who broke the Bale news Thursday, Fincher is so adamant of Bale's inclusion in the film that he would not direct the movie unless Bale is playing Jobs.
The Wrap reports that Bale has not even been officially offered the job to this point, but notes Bale has reportedly been considered the top actor to portray Jobs in the movie.
"Fincher recently met with Sony's Amy Pascal to discuss the possibility of directing the film, and told her, in no uncertain terms, that he'd only take the reins of the project if Bale plays Jobs," writes The Wrap. "... Production could begin before the end of the year, though an early 2015 start is more likely, as both Bale and Fincher will be busy this fall promoting their respective movies, “Exodus” and “Gone Girl.'"
News broke last month that Fincher and writer Aaron Sorkin were teaming up again for movie about Steve Jobs based on Isaacson's best-selling book. As previously reported by Variety, Sorkin's screenplay for the Jobs biopic will be divided into three segments of Jobs' life; The Mac, when Jobs left Apple and the iPod. Each segment will focus on Jobs backstage before the product launches.
The two previously tackled another Silicon Valley icon, Mark Zuckerberg, in the 2010 movie The Social Network.
Bale began to get increased name recognition after his portrayal of Patrick Bateman in the 2000 cult Classic American Psycho. Since that time his notable roles include The Prestige, I'm Not There, The Dark Knight trilogy and The Fighter (which he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor).
Last year Ashton Kutcher played the late Apple co-founder in Jobs, but his performance and the movie itself were panned by critics. Rolling Stone movie critic Peter Travers said, "Jobs is a one-man show that needed to go for broke and doesn't. My guess is that Jobs would give it a swat."
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