Ashton Kutcher Believes Steve Jobs Role Meant for Him
“He is already meeting with folks that knew Steve Jobs. He’s working with professionals to get inside the voice. He’s letting his hair grow out. I understand he’s canceled all meetings and actually canceled all other projects,”The news of Kutcher in the role of Steve Jobs was met with mixed reactions, but Hulme is confident in Kutcher's abilities as well as his personal interest in the role.
Steve Jobs (left) and Ashton Kutcher (right)
This film about Steve Jobs was reportedly in the works prior to Steve Jobs' death and before Walter Isaacson's Jobs biography was published. Sony purchased the rights to Isaacson's biography and is working on their own film about Steve Jobs.
Kutcher's film is set to start filming next month for release by Thanksgiving of this year. The focus will be on Steve Jobs' earlier life.
“We decided between 1971, the initial partnership of Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs, is where we would start and then the bulk of the script remains in the early years of Apple and the recruiting of [former Apple CEO] John Sculley from Pepsi and then of course Jobs’ ousting and a smaller portion is his triumph and his return,” Hulme said.Jobs' earlier life and early days at Apple have been previously covered in other films such as Pirates of Silicon Valley.
Meanwhile, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak appears to be happy with the decision to cast Kutcher:
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.