Less than six months since Steve Job’s passing, much was made over the weekend of news that Joshua Michael Stern (“Swing Vote”) has attached movie star wannabe Ashton Kutcher to an indie Steve Jobs biopic with a script by Matt Whiteley. Five Star Institute is financing and producing. The film will shoot in May while Kutcher is off duty from CBS’s “Two and a Half Men.”
These indies are hoping that being first out of the gate (Sony is developing a Jobs project based on Walter Isaacson’s bestselling official biography) with their take on the iconic entrepreneur’s life (from hippie days to Apple) will lend this project some kind of cred. But the script comes from an unknown and its leading man finally shut down his Twitter account, having developed a bigger and more crass public persona than real acting chops. The physical resemblance is real; Kutcher is a jock version of Jobs with a bolder jawline. Kutcher must be up for the challenge: this role will place a big fat bullseye on his back.
Who could do justice to Jobs? Joel Kinnaman? Wes Bentley? You tell us.