NEW YORK (TheStreet) - Can you picture Leonardo DiCaprio as Steve Jobs?
Rumor has it that the The Wolf of Wall Street star is being culled to work on the Aaron Sorkin-written script for the much-anticipated movie about Apple's (APPL) iconic co-founder and chief black turtleneck wearing officer, set to start shooting this fall. Jobs died in October 2011 from pancreatic cancer.
A shift in directors is also happening. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Sony Pictures is looking to quickly replace David Fincher, who walked from the project following "aggressive demands for compensation and control." Sony is in talks with Slumdog Millionaire's Danny Boyle to direct the film. The article says Boyle has approached DiCaprio to star in the movie.
Boyle and DiCaprio previously worked together on The Beach. Fincher had apparently wanted Batman star Christian Bale for the main role, but the actor was never signed, according to the article. Hollywood Reporter cites sources saying that the deal is not done and there could be a big problem. DiCaprio has committed to star in The Revenant directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, starting in September and slated for a 2015 release. Sorkin, known for The Social Network, West Wing and The Newsroom, is adapting the best-selling biography, Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson, for the big screen. The film is to be produced by Scott Rudin. However, according to Sorkin, who spoke at an event in New York City that was part of the Tribeca Film Festival, the story is "not a biopic; it's not the story of Steve Jobs - it's something much different than that," he said, according to Mashable. "He's a fascinating guy - part hero, part antihero." Sorkin did not comment about whether DiCaprio had been approached to star in the movie. --Written by Laurie Kulikowski in New York. Follow @LKulikowski