It was just a couple of short weeks ago that Christian Bale was reported to portray Steve Jobs in Danny Boyle’s upcoming biopic of the late inventor. Following the casting, Seth Rogen was also named in conjunction to portray Jobs’ former partner Steve Wozniak. However, it appears that the whole structure of the film will change now that Bale has left production.
Bale’s departure is reportedly due to conflicted feelings about the role, with the actor not feeling he was right for the part. Bale is now the second actor to turn down the role, with Leonardo DiCaprio reportedly passing on the role previously. With Bale out of the picture, the nature of the film could change, as well, given how important Jobs’ depiction will be to the Aaron Sorkin-written script.
On October 23rd, Sorkin told Bloomberg TV, “We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that’s Chris Bale. […] He didn’t have to audition. Well, there was a meeting.” With the “best actor on the board” now off of it, who will be next in line to fill his shoes?
[via The Hollywood Reporter]