Ashton Kutcher to play Steve Jobs in upcoming movie

The life of the late co-founder of Apple, Steve Jobs, will be getting the movie biopic treatment yet again. The Hollywood Reporter states that Ashton Kutcher has signed on to play the title role in the film called simply Jobs. At least in terms of looks, Kutcher should be a perfect fit for portraying the leader of Apple. The independent film will begin shooting this May, in between seasons of Kutcher's TV sitcom Two and a Half Men.

Joshua Michael Stern, who previously directed the comedy film Swing Vote in 2008, will direct Kutcher in Jobs. The film itself is being financed by Mark Hulme, the CEO and founder of the mortgage industry company Five Star Institute. This will be the first such film venture for Hulme. So far there's no word on which film studio will distribute the picture.

This new film will begin production well before Sony's Columbia Pictures starts work on their own Steve Jobs biopic. Sony optioned the movie rights to Walter Isaacson's best selling biography of Jobs just before the book went on sale in October but there's been no word on when that movie will begin shooting.

Previously the only biopic of Steve Jobs' career was Pirates of Silicon Valley, the 1999 TV movie shown on the TNT cable TV network. Noah Wyle portrayed Jobs in that movie.

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I think the real issue here isn't Kutcher doing Jobs. Ashton bears a striking resemblence to SPJ from his late 70's, early 80's looks. And he CAN act, and given Jobs often threw fits and raging tantrums in his youth, it shouldn't be hard for Kutcher to reinvent his That 70's persona.

But...TNT and Noah Wyle already did this particular portrayal of SPJ's early years. Pretty well I might add;) Why do this again? If you read Issacson's biography, 90% of those years were done accurately in the 'Pirates' movie. Unless the director felt too much time was wasted showing Gates as well, there's no point other than additional fluff that won't make or break the film.

Rest assured however, the film...along with others that will surface soon, will be blockbusters! Because SPJ, love him or hate him, is this generations quinticential icon. And given this looks to be the first theatrical movie, not made for TV, it will likely break box office records similar to that of the Star Wars and Harry Potter sagas;)

A movie about him... lol now that's funny. he was rich and that makes people want to make a movie of him. what's next... a movie about jobs getting married and having kids or some dumb thing about him. The man is gone so let him rip. Tryin to make money from a dead guy serves no purpose other than being stupid. i suppose we will have a movie about someone else who was rich or some other lame excuse. Hollywood must be getting desperate.

Although I find it disgusting that they will nickle and dime his death for everything they can...
...the only way a movie like this would impress me is for Pixar to make it so realistic that you'd swear it was real.

If you've never seen butterfly effect then you haven't seen some serious Kutcher acting. I'm not saying he's good for this or for much at all but he can act if he needs to.

Unplugged said,
He's gunna need to drop about half of his body fat as well

Wasn't he really skinny, (even b4 near his death,) because of cancer? That's just mean!

Unplugged said,
He's gunna need to drop about half of his body fat as well
They'll probably digitise it like they did Leo in J Edgar

Simon- said,
I think that Tom Cruise looks more like an arrogant pr... I mean Steve Jobs

Good idea. Tom already proves himself that he can take continental walks/run in Forest Gump. And you know half of the movie will feature Steve Jobs saying and doing "lets take a walk"

ThunderRiver said,

Good idea. Tom already proves himself that he can take continental walks/run in Forest Gump. And you know half of the movie will feature Steve Jobs saying and doing "lets take a walk"
Dude that was Tom Hanks ROFL

MS Lose32 said,
One over-rated person playing as another over-rated person? Tell me it ain't so!

I'll agree one of these 2 is WAY over rated, and it isn't Jobs, and I'm about sick of hearing of him and seeing him!


richardsim7 said,
Who knows, maybe this will really test him as an actor? Like Jim Carey in his more serious roles. I'm intrigued...

Another "actor" I can't stand. This guy is even more nauseating the Kutcher!!

cork1958 said,

I'll agree one of these 2 is WAY over rated, and it isn't Jobs, and I'm about sick of hearing of him and seeing him!


Another "actor" I can't stand. This guy is even more nauseating the Kutcher!!

Jim Carey makes bad decisions but he can definitely act.

Voice of Buddy Christ said,

Yeah, wasn't "Pirates of Silicon Valley" enough?

Well Pirates leaves out everything that happend after he was forced out of Apple and just shows that he eventually returned to Apple…

MFH said,

Well Pirates leaves out everything that happend after he was forced out of Apple and just shows that he eventually returned to Apple…

Next thing you know.. They will make Steve Jobs The Lycan Slayer - Sequel to Abraham Lincoln's... by Tim Burton

MikeHellstone said,

Will this movie not feature tech heavily? Yes, yes it will.


Not to mention that, (at least officially,) this site is for, "unprofessional journalism."

silky said,
enough already. this is a tech site now a movie site

GS:PC

The media's gotta keep those Apple advertising dollars rolling in. And the only way to do that is to keep running pro-Apple stories.

excalpius said,

The media's gotta keep those Apple advertising dollars rolling in. And the only way to do that is to keep running pro-Apple stories.

Not really a pro Apple story though is it?
There's a movie coming out about the life of someone who was very important in the tech world. I'm quite happy for a tech site to report on it.

King Mustard said,

Two "douches" that have done more with their lives than you.

Ergo it's good to be a douche? Fortunately, you don't have to be one to do much in life.

King Mustard said,

Two "douches" that have done more with their lives than you.

One's a bad actor, the other was a salesman...arguably a better actor.

Not sure either one is worth emulating to be honest.