This news was certainly unexpected. The Hollywood Reporter claims director Danny Boyle wants Seth Rogen to play Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak in the untitled film based on Walter Isaacson’s book. They claim that Rogen hasn’t officially been offered the part, but it’s clear both Boyle and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin want him.
However, Variety is reporting that the deal is essentially done. Their sources have allegedly confirmed Seth Rogen will star in Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic. If the reports are indeed true, this would be huge news, and probably the most important role of Rogen’s career. As some of you may remember, Sorkin has already confirmed Christian Bale will be playing Steve Jobs.
He told Bloomberg Television the following…
“We needed the best actor on the board within a certain age-range and that’s Chris Bale … I couldn’t be more excited. He really is a phenomenal actor. He didn’t have to audition. It was just a meeting.”
It’s clear that he only wants the best for this film, and apparently he thinks Seth Rogen is the best actor to play Wozniak. It will certainly be interesting to see the comedian take on a more challenging role. We have seen glimpses of his serious side during movies like 50/50 and Funny People. Both films received mostly positive reviews from critics, so we are confident Seth will knock it out of the park.
We saw how well the Jonah Hill/Leonardo DiCaprio experiment worked out in The Wolf of Wall Street. With Oscar-winner Danny Boyle directing this film, it’s hard to bet against it. I fully expect that the Seth Rogen/Christian Bale experiment will be just as successful as the Leo/Hill experiment.