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Aaron Sorkin talks about lead actor and 'heroine' of Sony's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic

Aaron Sorkin talks about lead actor and 'heroine' of Sony's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic

November 16, 2014

Aaron Sorkin, the screenwriter of Sony’s upcoming biopic about Steve Jobs, has confirmed that casting announcement for the leading role is “imminent” and revealed something about the film’s “heroine.”

The Oscar-winning scribe of “The Social Network” has done so in a new interview with The Independent (via MacRumors), which is predicated on the recent premiere of the final season of his HBO series, “The Newsroom.”

According to Sorkin, the actor who will take on the role of the late Apple cofounder and CEO will be announced soon. The part is now rumored to have been offered to Michael Fassbender, after it was vacated by Leonardo DiCaprio due to scheduling conflicts and Christian Bale because of the “sheer demands” of the role.

“It’s a 181-page script, about 100 of it is that one character,” Sorkin says. Based on Walter Isaacson’s “Steve Jobs” biography, Sorkin’s script comprises three 30-minute acts, each taking place before a major product launch spearheaded by Jobs: the original Mac, the NeXT cube, and the iPod.

Sorkin also says that Lisa Brennan-Jobs, Jobs’ first child and daughter of his longtime partner Chrisann Brennan, is the “heroine” of the upcoming biopic:

“With The Social Network, I was interested in the psychology of the world’s most successful social networking system being invented by the world’s most anti-social guy. And in the case of Steve Jobs, it’s the relationships he had – particularly with his daughter, Lisa – that drew me to it,” he says. Jobs initially denied paternity of his daughter, now 36, though they later reconnected and she lived with him in her teens. “She didn’t participate in Walter Isaacson’s book, because her father was alive at the time, and she didn’t want to alienate either of her parents, so I was very grateful that she was willing to spend time with me,” says Sorkin. “She is the heroine of the movie.”

The movie is set to be directed by Danny Boyle, the Oscar-winning director of “Slumdog Millionaire,” with Seth Rogen rumored to be in talks to star as Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak. Its principal photography is said to commence later this year.

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