Last we heard, Christian Bale was in talks for the Steve Jobs biopic directed by Danny Boyle and written by Aaron Sorkin. The notion of that trio alone hopefully washes away the memory of “Jobs” starring Ashton Kutcher. It now appears that Bale has signed-on the dotted line; Sorkin confirmed the actor’s participation during a recent interview with Bloomberg Television’s Emily Chang on a coming edition of “Studio 1.0.”
“We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range, and that’s Chris Bale,” Sorkin said, making an NFL draft reference that’s mostly lost on movie nerds. “He didn’t have to audition. Well, there was a meeting.” It’s pretty rare for an A-lister like Bale to audition for anything, particularly since he has an Oscar in hand, but we suppose there are exceptions.
Apparently the rapid-fire Sorkin-ese mile-a minute dialogue will go into overdrive for this film. Sorkin says the role will be extremely challenging. “He has more words to say in this movie than most people have in three movies combined,” he 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.”
Sounds like Sorkin’s trademark wordiness has reached a peak, but we’re sure that Bale can pull it off, and between him, Sorkin and Boyle, we should have a top awards contender. David Fincher was once in loose talks to direct (and reportedly wanted Bale as well), but the deal fell apart rather quickly.