Alright, it’s been just over a week since the news first broke that Ashton Kutcher was set to play the late Steve Jobs in an upcoming film.
Here’s what we know: Production of the film, titled “Jobs”, is set to begin in May while Kutcher is on break from filming “Two and a Half Men”, and will be directed by Joshua Michael Stern, the guy who directed “Swing Vote”, starring Kevin Costner. According to Variety, the film “will chronicle Steve Jobs from wayward hippie to co-founder of Apple”.
The timing of the announcement had many people skeptical as to the authenticity of the news, including myself, as it was released on April 1 just last week. CNN actually confirmed with Kutcher’s agent earlier in the week that the actor had signed on to play Jobs in the film.
What is interesting here is that at the same time this indie film is in the works, Sony is working on a biopic of the late Jobs as well, with several other actors, not counting Kutcher, have been listed as potentially being in the running to play Jobs.
While I may not agree that Kutcher has the acting chops to play Jobs, I don’t totally disagree with this choice. Kutcher is currently one of the most tech-savvy actors in Hollywood today. He was one of the first A-listers to get on-board with Twitter. He’s also been an financial backer to several tech startups, Flipboard and Foursquare included.
As long as we don’t see Kelso I think we’ll be alright.