This upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, directed by Danny Boyle and written by Aaron Sorkin, is just a complete mess right now. You would think having a talented director and a talented writer behind the project would make for easy casting, but that has not been the case with this movie.
After coming so close to signing a deal, it now looks like Christian Bale has decided to skip the project. Every movie site (including ours) had been reporting that he was a lock to star as Steve Jobs in the upcoming biopic. We were confident in reporting this because Sorkin told Bloomberg TV the following last month,
“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.”
Obviously, he spoke too soon. It’s being reported that Bale “came to the conclusion he was not right for the part and decided to withdraw” before negotiations started. This makes him the second major movie star to back out of the film. Before the Bale rumors popped up, it was reported that Leonardo DiCaprio was in talks to take the lead role; however, he also decided the part wasn’t right for him.
And even the original director, David Fincher, decided to bail on the film. It’s true, they did a great job of replacing him with Danny Boyle, but it makes you wonder why everyone seems so afraid of this project.
What does this mean for the Seth Rogen rumors? We learned last week that Seth Rogen was reportedly in talks to play Steve Wozniak, but even that seems unlikely now. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens. The Hollywood Reporter claims Boyle is supposed to be in town this week to meet with actors and actresses for the film.