After a turbulent history, Universal Pictures have announced that Michael Fassbender will star as Steve Jobs in Aaron Sorkin’s biopic of the Apple co-founder, based on Walter Issacson’s critically-acclaimed biography.
Now officially titled Steve Jobs, Danny Boyle will direct Fassbender, who joins co-stars Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen and Jeff Daniels. Winslet stars as Joanna Hoffman, the former marketing chief of Macintosh; Rogen will play Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple and Daniels plays another former Apple CEO in John Sculley.
The production will take audiences backstage at three key Apple product launches, ending in 1998 with the arrival of the original iMac, and hopes to “takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter”, according to the press release distributed today by Universal.
Production on Steve Jobs has already begun, with a release expected in 2016. The full press release from Universal Pictures is below, courtesy of SlashFilm.
UNIVERSAL PICTURES ANNOUNCES START OF PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY ON STEVE JOBS
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA, January 27, 2015—Universal Pictures today announced that principal photography has commenced in San Francisco on Steve Jobs. Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, the film takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.
Steve Jobs is directed by Academy Award® winner Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) and written by Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, HBO’s The Newsroom), working from Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography of the Apple founder. The producers are Mark Gordon (Saving Private Ryan, Source Code), Guymon Casady (HBO’s Game of Thrones, Hope Springs) of Film 360, Scott Rudin and Academy Award® winner Christian Colson (Slumdog Millionaire, Selma).
Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Days of Future Past, 12 Years a Slave) will play Steve Jobs, the pioneering founder of Apple, with Academy Award®-winning actress Kate Winslet (The Reader, Eternal Sunshine of Spotless Mind) starring as Joanna Hoffman, former marketing chief of Macintosh. Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple, is played by Seth Rogen (Neighbors, The Interview), and Jeff Daniels (HBO’s The Newsroom, Good Night, and Good Luck.) stars as former Apple CEO John Sculley. The film also stars Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice, Being Flynn) as Chrisann Brennan, Jobs’ ex-girlfriend, and Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man, HBO’s Boardwalk Empire) as Andy Hertzfeld, one of the original members of the Apple Macintosh development team.
Other members of the cast include Perla Haney-Jardine (Future Weather), Ripley Sobo (Winter’s Tale) and Makenzie Moss (upcoming Do You Believe?) as young Lisa Brennan at various stages of her life, Sarah Snook (Predestination) as Andrea Cunningham, as well as Adam Shapiro (A Single Man) as Avie Tevanian.