Sony’s cast for the biopic on Steve Jobs has a new addition – Seth Rogen. The actor is reported to be the pick for playing Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs’ associate and co-founder of Apple.
After news of Christian Bale taking on the role of Jobs, this is the second bit of news related to the biopic in only a few days, indicating that Sony intends to get the project on its feet soon enough. The project has faced quite a few delays, the last one when David Fincher giving up the director’s chair, making way for David Boyle to take over. Apart from Seth Rogen, another name doing the rounds for a role in the biopic is that of Jessica Chastain, though there have been no revelations on the role she will play. Though the movie is the second attempt at covering Steve Jobs’ eventful life as well as accomplishments, this one is labeled as the official one. The other movie Jobs, starring Ashton Kutcher, didn’t quite make the splash it hoped to, making a humble $35 million at the worldwide box office. Hopefully, the official version should do a better job of telling Jobs’ story.
Steve Wozniak was an integral part of Apple’s innovations in the early years before he retired as a fulltime employee in 1987. Wozniak was responsible for founding the company along with Steve Jobs and Ronald Wayne and was the key mind behind the launching of the Apple I and Apple II computers, the range of machines that laid out the groundwork for microcomputers.
On his part, Seth Rogen is quite the wise choice for the role, thanks to his varied accomplishments in the field of acting as well as direction, though most of it comes from the comedy genre. Rogen has to his credit several works such as Knocked Up, This is the End, Pineapple Express, The Guilt Trip, Neighbors and The Green Hornet, as well as voiceovers in movies such as the Kung Fu Panda franchise and Horton Hears a Who! The Russian Jewish actor, director and scriptwriter is currently in the news for his next project, The Interview, a controversial comedy based on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Produced by Scott Rukin, Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady, the biopic will be based on the book “Steve Jobs”, Walter Isaacson’s biography. The scriptwriter for the project is Aaron Sorkin while the director’s reins is in the hands of the ever-popular Danny Boyle.