NEW YORK (
) -- 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.
quickly acquired the movie distribution rights to the Walter Isaacson biography "Steve Jobs" about the former
The release of the book was moved up to Oct. 24 because of demand, and it has remained atop the bestselling biographies on
, 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.
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
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
, similar to Wyle, but made the transition to film. He has appeared in films such as
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
. He is currently starring in the
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
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
, investing in hot startups such as
. When Jobs was fired from Apple in 1985, he used his newfound wealth to buy the company that eventually became
, and also started
, 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
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
A Few Good Men
--Written by Chris Ciaccia in New York.
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