According to The Hollywood Reporter, Christian Bale has dropped out of the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic.
Here’s more from the report:
Sources say Bale, after much deliberation and conflicting feelings, came to the conclusion he was not right for the part and decided to withdraw. The script is said to be divided into three acts that detail Jobs preparing for three presentations that came to define his life and the life of the company he co-founded, lost and came back to.
The yet-to-be-titled film’s screenwriter, Aaron Sorkin, confirmed Bale’s casting a little more than a week ago. He said at the time:
“He has more words to say in this movie than most people have in three movies combined,” Sorkin said. “There isn’t a scene or a frame that he’s not in. So it’s an extremely difficult part and he is gonna crush it.”
It’s unknown how Bale’s departure will affect other casting choices for the movie. Late last week, another report said actor Seth Rogen was in talks to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in the movie.
Academy Award winning director Danny Boyle has previously signed on to direct the film. Principal photography was slated to start before the end of the year.
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