Monday, April 02, 2012

No April Fools' Joke: Ashton Kutcher to play Steve Jobs in indie film

Announced on April 1, one might have thought it was an April Fools' joke, but coming as it did from Variety, it appears it was not. Ashton Kutcher, he of "Two and a Half Men," "That 70's Show," and the former husband of Demi Moore, will be playing the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs in a forthcoming indie movie "Jobs."

Production of the movie is expected to begin in May, when Kutcher is on hiatus from "Two and a Half Men." Joshua Michael Stern ("Swing Vote") will direct the film; the script is by Matt Whiteley.

Aware of the possible repercussions of breaking a story on April 1 and the history of Kutcher on "Punk'd," the writer of the Variety story, Jeff Sneider, Tweeted: "Guys, do you REALLY think the top @Variety brass & my editors would let me post an APRIL FOOL'S DAY joke on the homepage? Uh... no."

We can see why Variety didn't want to hold the news. Just a few hours later, The Hollywood Reporter posted the same report.

The film is being produced and financed by Five Star Institute's Mark Hulme. Last fall, Sony Pictures bought the rights to the bestselling authorized biography of Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson, and is currently developing its own Steve Jobs movie.

The "Jobs" film is more about Steve Jobs' transformation from his "hippie days" to co-founder of Apple, which means the casting might truly work. Time will tell.

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