Christian Bale pulls out of Steve Jobs biopic
Actor Christian Bale has pulled out of a planned biopic of late Apple founder Steve Jobs.
Bale – the second actor to decline the role after Leonardo DiCaprio – discussed the part with Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle.
But no deal was reached, industry journal Variety said.
The Oscar-winning star had conflicting feelings about the role, and concluded that he simply wasn’t right for it, sources told the Hollywood Reporter.
Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin announced last month that Bale had been chosen for the role.
“We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that’s Chris Bale,” he told Bloomberg Television.
Sorkin, who won an Academy Award for his screenplay for The Social Network about Facebook and its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, said giving the lead role to Bale was an easy call.
“He didn’t have to audition,” said Sorkin, although the writer said “there was a meeting” before the British-born actor was given the part.
Sony Pictures is in discussions with US comic actor Seth Rogen to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, according to Variety.
The Apple inventor’s storied life has already been rendered on the big screen in last year’s drama Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher, which received lukewarm reviews.