It took a very long time. It switched studios. Stars came and went. Directors signed on and signed off. Now, finally, the Aaron Sorkin-penned film Steve Jobs is actually lensing. Development for the film was tumultuous, perhaps because of the somewhat unique nature of the script, but the stars have finally aligned. That's not all, but long-rumored casting choices have at last been confirmed.
Here's what is now official about Steve Jobs:
- Academy Award-nominated actor Michael Fassbender will play the mercurial Apple co-founder
- Academy Award-winning actress Kate Winslet will play Joanna Hoffman, former marketing chief of Macintosh
- Seth Rogen will play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak
- Fresh off the finale of Sorkin's The Newsroom, Jeff Daniels has signed on to play former Apple CEO John Sculley
- Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle is at the helm
- It's filming on-location in San Francisco, where Jobs and Wozniak grew up
- It won't be a biopic in the traditional sense. It will center on three key moments in his life, all backstage before product launches: The Mac, the NeXT, and the iMac
- Filming has begun
Steve Jobs is expected to be released in 2016. Though, with its pedigree, I wouldn't be surprised if they tried to sneak it into this year's offerings so that it could be considered for awards. A film like this won't take long to film, won't require a ton of post-production, and has "Oscar Bait" written all over it, so a November or December 2015 release would make a lot more sense than either dumping it out in the beginning of 2016 where it'll be forgotten or sitting on it until the end of that year.