Monday, May 20, 2024

Christian Bale and Leo DiCaprio Say No to Playing Steve Jobs–Who’s Next?


For some reason, no one wants to play Steve Jobs. Maybe the shadow of Ashton Kutcher looms so large that no actor feels up to playing the Apple creator in a good film. First it was Leonardo DiCaprio who had it and let it go. Now Christian Bale has bailed out after maybe being the guy.

The film is written by Aaron Sorkin based on Walter Isaacson’s book. Danny Boyle, Oscar winner from “Slumdog Millionaire,” is set to direct. Seth Rogen and Jessica Chastain may already be signed up for supporting roles. So now what?

Ryan Gosling is too blonde. But who knows? How about James Franco? He’s worked with Boyle on “127 Hours.” There’s always Dev Patel, from “Slumdog.” Ben Affleck is too busy with Batman. Hmmmm…..What could be making actors bow out of this project? Who do you think should play Steve Jobs this time? Benedict Cumberbatch? Why not? He’s the Daniel Day Lewis of that age group. Stay tuned…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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