Ashton Kutcher is the only Actor who has had a fair success in Hollywood and the Silicon Valley so it’s not surprising to learn that he’ll be playing the Godfather of the Silicon Valley - Steve Jobs in an upcoming bio-pic of the late Apple co-founder.
The production is slated to start in May, when Ashton Kutcher is on leave from his main project, hit TV series Two and a Half Men, Variety claims. The film will be directed by Joshua Michael Stern (“Swing Vote”) and will follow Jobs on the journey where he evolves from a "wayward hippie" and goes on to become the Apple Co-Founder and the world's top Tech innovator.
Though the story broke on April 1, apparently it is not an April Fools joke.
The movie should not be confused with another Steve Jobs biopic, based on Walter Isaacson’s biographical book and currently under development by Sony Pictures. It will surely leave bosses at Sony fuming, as they snapped up the film rights to Walter Isaacson's authorized biography of Jobs, which was published within weeks of Jobs' death last October, in Autumn.
Kutcher is something of a technology businessman of his own. He has been involved in multiple Internet start ups, including Foursquare, GroupMe (recently acquired by Skype), Hipmunk, Chegg and Flipboard,. He has also invested in start ups like TinyChat, Fab.com, Path, Airbnb, Optimizely and Blekko.
Those companies also happen to be some of Kutcher’s highest-profile angel investments. Kutcher, a prolific angel investor in recent years, is also an investor in Milk, TinyChat, Fab.com, Path, Airbnb, Optimizely and Blekko, among others.
So far the reactions to Ashton Kutcher's being cast as Steve Jobs in an upcoming indie biopic have been mixed, but one of the men who knew Jobs best is confident that Kutcher will deliver a carefully considered performance.
Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple Inc. with Jobs and designed the famed Apple I computer, gave his tentative approval of the casting in an interview with TMZ.
"I'm glad that he's on board," Wozniak told TMZ. "The fear that many might have is that Ashton was selected because he's 'hot' right now. But I feel that his selection was done in the most professional manner. And I'm glad that he's onboard. I think he'll put a lot into it and that he cares about this particular subject."
Although Kutcher who is best known for his roles in "Two and a Half Men", and as the former partner of actress Demi Moore,has earned critical acclaim in David Mackenzie’s "Spread" and Emilio Estevez’s "Bobby", which dramatised the shooting of Robert F Kennedy. He has also starred in popular comedy "No Strings Attached" and in "New Year’s Eve."
We can definitely see a resemblance between the young Steve Jobs and Ashton Kutcher. Tackling the role of the iconic CEO will surely be the biggest test yet of the 34-year-old's acting ability though.
Jobs died in October last year after a battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of just 56.
Kutcher will not be the first actor to play Steve Jobs however. Noah Wyle played him in the critically acclaimed 1999 television movie Pirates of Silicon Valley.