Why Christian Bale's Role As Steve Jobs Will Be One of the Hardest He's Ever Taken On

Why Christian Bale's Role As Steve Jobs Will Be One of the Hardest He's Ever Taken On

Oct 23, 2014

Earlier this year, we heard that David Fincher would only direct a movie based on the life and career of Apple cofounder Steve Jobs if Christian Bale agreed to star. Since then, Fincher dropped out and Danny Boyle came on board to helm Jobs, featuring a screenplay by Aaron Sorkin drawn from Walter Isaacson's biography.

It's a challenging role, one that will track Jobs in real time during three pivotal events in Apple's history, and now Bale is officially attached to the film, which is scheduled to shoot next spring. In a recent interview with Bloomberg, Sorkin spoke about the role, about Bale and why it's going to be one helluva difficult role to tackle. "He has more words to say in this movie than most people have in three movies combined."


Part of why it's so daunting is because it's basically all Steve Jobs, all the time. The three events -- product launches for the Mac, NeXT and iPod -- all featured Jobs at different times in his career, and the focus will pretty much be on him alone. Look for Bale to not only re-create Jobs' extensive speeches during these events, but also some of what went on behind the scenes as well.

Jobs will shoot in the spring, and there's no word on a release date. Could Danny Boyle have it done in time for next year's awards run?Our fingers are certainly crossed... but cross yours too, just as a backup. 


Ed Note: Peter Martin also contributed to this piece




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