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Steve Jobs Biography on Screen: Who will Take the Primary Role?

By on December 9, 2011
Steve Jobs Biography on Screen Who will Take the Primary Role

After Steve Jobs’ death, all of us were expecting the release of Walter Isaacson’s authorized biography of Jobs, which was estimated to have 379,000 sold copies in its first week alone. The success of the book promised a huge interest in the biopic.

Many companies would like to acquire the sought-after movie rights of Steve Jobs biography, but Sony placed the winning bid.

The next question was who would become the screenplay writer?

In this case it seemed there could be no second choice—Aaron Sorkin. The talented screenwriter, who won an Oscar for the Best Adapted Screenplay for his Facebook flick “The Social Network”, confirmed that a biopic about late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs could be next.

“Sony has asked me to write the movie and it’s something I’m strongly considering,”—said Sorkin adding–“Right now I’m just in the thinking-about-it stages, it’s a really big movie and it’s going to be a great movie no matter who writes it.”

Previously Sorkin wrote such great movie screenplays, such as “Moneyball,” “The American President,” and “Charlie Wilson’s War.”

As for who might take on the role of Steve Jobs, there were two premier options: George Clooney and Noah Wyle. Noah has already played Steve Jobs back in 1999 in the movie “Pirates of Silicon Valley” and he might have become the logical choice but he didn’t.

George Clooney will play the primary role in the film of Steve Jobs biography. There is no doubt that Clooney is a great actor but the fact that he can translate Jobs’ right character makes me doubts.

Why?

  • First, he has no physical resemblance of Steve Jobs.
  • Second, the former sexiest man alive can hardly match the character of computer genius, especially if we read how Walter Isaacson’s describes Steve Jobs: “…splendidly mean, harsh, rude, cutting, biting and just plain nasty.”
  • Third, George Clooney is 50 years old; I think 50-year-old man can hardly play 21-year-old Steve Jobs who founded Apple. This means there should be two different actors who will share the primary role. I think this is not the best decision made. I’d choose someone of middle age who could easily look younger or older due to makeup techniques.

If George Clooney is the final choice then I hope that he’ll act so well that I’ll really regret making these points.

I’m looking forward to the release of the film based on Steve Jobs biography in 2012 and I already feel myself to be a fan of it no matter who will play who.

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