Who will play Steve Jobs, the former Apple CEO, in the upcoming biopic?
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Who will play Steve Jobs in the upcoming biopic?
When Jobs died, there was almost immediate talk of a movie and about who would play him. Sony(NYSE:SNE) quickly acquired the movie distribution rights to the Walter Isaacson biography "Steve Jobs" about the former Apple(:AAPL)CEO.
The release of the book was moved up to Oct. 24 because of demand, and it has remained atop the bestselling biographies on Amazon(:AMZN), in both print and e-reader versions.
The movie about Steve Jobs' life already is in the works. Who could play him?
Almost instantly, speculation began on who would play Jobs in the movie. Jobs was one of the most interesting characters in Silicon Valley history, and there are quite a few aspects to his personality which would make it an imposing character to play for any critically acclaimed actor.
Here are the actors who could potentially play Jobs, based on the Isaacson book. Noah Wyle
Wyle already played Jobs in the TNT television movie Pirates of Silicon Valley. The movie came out in 1999, and Jobs liked it so much that he actually asked Wyle to appear as Jobs at the 1999 MacWorld conference in New York. Jobs was very complimentary of Wyle in the book, and Jobs thought the actor did an excellent portrayal of him.
Pirates of Silicon Valley was nominated for an Emmy for its depiction of Apple and Microsoft(:MSFT) and the start of the personal computing revolution in the 1970s and 1980s.
There also has been speculation that Clooney could play the former CEO of the Cupertino, Calif.-based company. Clooney started his career as a doctor on ER, similar to Wyle, but made the transition to film. He has appeared in films such as Ocean's Eleven, O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Syriana. He is currently starring in the The Descendants. Ashton Kutcher, Stanley Tucci
Since Jobs was a very complicated character, with many quirks and intricacies, it may make sense for multiple actors to handle the role of the iconic CEO.
Jobs' looks changed from when he was young, as he aged, and finally before he died. Ashton Kutcher, of That '70's Show, Two and a Half Men and Dude Where's My Car? fame, bears a striking resemblance to a younger Jobs.
Not only does Kutcher look like him, Kutcher and Jobs have similar backgrounds. Kutcher has become a serial tech investor, investing in hot startups such as Airbnb, Foursquare, Quora and Blekko. When Jobs was fired from Apple in 1985, he used his newfound wealth to buy the company that eventually became Pixar, and also started NeXT Computer, which Apple purchased to bring Jobs back to the company.
An older version of Jobs could be played by Stanley Tucci, who resembles Jobs in his older years.
Tucci has appeared in movies such as The Lovely Bones, The Devil Wears Prada and The Terminal.
Since playing Jobs is likely to be among the most hotly contested roles once production of the movie begins, having a famous actor or someone who played him before might detract from the role. An unknown, struggling actor who looks like Jobs may very well put the focus on the role, as opposed to who is playing the role.
Also being considered to write the screen play is Aaron Sorkin, who wrote The Social Network, Moneyball, West Wing and A Few Good Men.
-- Written by Chris Ciaccia