Universal Pictures has just confirmed the main plot and cast of the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, most details of which have, until now, been rumored or otherwise reported with unofficial sources.
In a press release (via /Film) announcing the start of the film’s principal photography, the studio has verified what Aaron Sorkin has said about his screenplay for the film: that it focuses on three significant product launches spearheaded by the late Apple cofounder and CEO:
Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, the film takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.
Universal has also confirmed the main cast of “Steve Jobs.” In line with earlier reports, Michael Fassbender stars in the title role, with Seth Rogen as Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak, Jeff Daniels as former Apple CEO John Sculley, and Kate Winslet as former Macintosh marketing chief Joanna Hoffman.
Also part of the cast are: Katherine Waterston as Chrisann Brennan, Jobs’ longtime partner; Michael Stuhlbarg as Andy Hertzfeld, one of the original members of the Macintosh development team; Sarah Snook as former Apple PR guru Andrea Cunningham; Adam Shapiro as former Apple software chief Avie Tevanian; and Perla Haney-Jardine, Ripley Sobo, and Makenzie Moss as Lisa Brennan-Jobs, Jobs’s first child and daughter of Brennan, at “various stages of her life.”
As a fan of most of the key people involved and as an admirer of the title character himself, I’m looking forward to seeing “Steve Jobs,” which is not to be confused with the critically and commercially unsuccessful “Jobs” movie starring Ashton Kutcher.
Universal picked up the project after being put in turnaround by Sony Pictures in November last year.
“Steve Jobs” currently has no release date.