With principal photography for the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic simply titled “Steve Jobs” already underway, it was only a matter of time before images of the main cast began making the rounds. And indeed, the first of such photos have surfaced via MailOnline.
The photos, one of which is embedded below, show Michael Fassbender and Seth Rogen as Apple co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, respectively, wearing clothes evoking the 1980s, during which parts of “Steve Jobs” is set.
Rogen, thanks mainly to his portly mien, somewhat resembles Wozniak. But Fassbender looks almost nothing like the film’s titular and central character.
Fassbender was far from the first choice for the plum role. Prior to his involvement, several bigger names were attached to it.
Aaron Sorkin, who wrote the screenplay of “Steve Jobs” based on Walter Isaacson’s authorized biography of the same name, originally wanted Tom Cruise for the part. Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale were also approached for the role, but both turned it down.
Ultimately, the challenge to play the iconic lead character went to Fassbender, who was the choice of the film’s director, Danny Boyle. Sorkin initially dismissed Fassbender as some sort of nobody, but later conceded that he’s “a great actor whose time has come.”
Admittedly, unlike Ashton Kutcher, who played Jobs in the critically panned “Jobs,” Fassbender is no Jobs look-alike. But I’d rather see an actor who doesn’t resemble Jobs but is nonetheless able to capture the spirit of the late Apple CEO, than watch someone who does a mere impersonation.
And having seen Fassbender in such films as “Shame,” “X-Men: First Class” and “12 Years a Slave,” I have high hopes that he will do a great job of depicting the infamous intensity of the person he has been tapped to portray.
Also part of the film’s 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’ first child and daughter of Brennan, at various stages of her life.
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