After sputtering its way through development hell, the Aaron Sorkin-penned film, Jobs, continues to show signs of forward momentum. Despite directors and actors like David Fincher and Christian Bale walking away from it, the film lives. Even Sony dropping the film from its slate didn’t kill this thing. Now with a new lease on life over at Universal pictures, with Danny Boyle at the helm, and with Michael Fassbender and Seth Rogen set to star in it, comes news of the film potentially finding its female lead. Last month, it was Natalie Portman who was said to be in talks for the part, but those talks fizzled.
According to Variety, the new actress that’s being pursued is Kate Winslet. This would be another high-profile “get” for the production, as Winslet has been nominated for 6 Academy Awards- with a win for Best Actress for her work in The Reader. It’s clear that the role is somewhat substantial if the production has reached out to actresses of the caliber of Portman and Winslet.
Fassbender is set to star as Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, with Rogen attached to the role of his partner Steve Wozniak. There are also murmurs that Sorkin is luring the star of his HBO series The Newsroom, Jeff Daniels, into the production to play former Apple president John Scully.
Winslet’s been a favorite of mine for years. I think she’s in a class all her own, and Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind will forever hold a place in my Top 10 Films of All Time. It’ll be interesting to see how Jobs turns out, considering the project has both attracted and scared off so many big names.