Christian Bale has dropped out of the Steve Jobs role, with sources saying the actor decided he was not right for the part and withdrew the previously announced role.
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the actor has fallen off the Jobs biopic that is being directed by Danny Boyle.
The movie was supposed to begin shooting this winter. For now, only director Danny Boyle, scriptwriter Aaron Sorkin, and producers Scott Rudin, Guymon Casady and Mark Gordon are confirmed to be attached to the Sony project.
On October 23, Sorkin told Bloomberg TV that Christian Bale was playing Jobs. At the time, the writer said: “We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that’s Chris Bale. He didn’t have to audition. Well, there was a meeting.”
Boyle is scheduled to meet with actors and actresses for the movie. Seth Rogen is in discussions to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, but no official offer has been made. Jessica Chastain is also reportedly in negotiations for a role.
Sony initially wanted to sign Leonardo DiCaprio to play Steve Jobs, but the actor moved on to shoot The Revenant instead.
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