David Fincher wants Christian Bale to play Steve Jobs?

steve-jobs-younger--630-75Well, this high profile project continues to get more and more enticing, now doesn’t it? A few weeks ago I posted something about David Fincher potentially signing on to direct the Steve Jobs biopic that Aaron Sorkin had completed the screenplay for. Obviously it would be an A-list re-teaming of two geniuses after the success of The Social Network, and it would also signify that just about any big time actor in Hollywood would be interested in the title role. Well, apparently Fincher has one particular name in mind, and it’s Christian Bale. Though not the first person I’d think of to tackle Sorkin’s dialogue, Bale is a terrific actor and a real chameleon, so Fincher could certainly have a lot of fun with him. He also kind of looks like a young Jobs too, as you can see in the image I’ve included in this post. You can see some details about this rumor below, but for now it’s probably just that. Stay tuned.

Here’s the story from The Wrap:

Oscar winner Christian Bale is David Fincher’s choice to play Steve Jobs in the untitled movie that Aaron Sorkin has written for Sony, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.

Scott Rudin and Mark Gordon are producing with Film 360’s Guymon Casady.

A representative for Gordon did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment, while Sony declined to comment on the record. A representative for Bale also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Fincher recently met with Sony’s Amy Pascal to discuss the possibility of directing the film, and told her, in no uncertain terms, that he’d only take the reins of the project if Bale plays Jobs.

Fincher and Pascal had a tense relationship during the making of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” but Pascal believes in him as a filmmaker — and is inclined to keep him happy, according to one insider. It helps that Pascal has a good relationship with Bale, following a positive experience on “American Hustle.” The film earned Bale an Oscar nomination during a highly-competitive year.

While Steve Jobs is a long way from Batman, Bale has been considered a prime contender to play the tech superhero since the project was first announced due to his physical resemblance to the Apple co-founder.

Bale has not been approached to play Jobs yet, as the actor is taking a step away from the business to spend time with his family now that he has wrapped the role of Moses in Ridley Scott’s “Exodus,” which is expected to have him back in the awards conversation after “American Hustle.”

Sorkin, who won an Oscar for writing Fincher’s Facebook drama “The Social Network,” based his script on Walter Isaacson’s bestselling authorized biography. That book was, in turn, based on more than 40 interviews that author had with Jobs, as well as interviews with friends, family and colleagues.

The film consists of three long scenes regarding Apple’s buzzed-about product launches, including the Mac, NeXT (after Jobs had left Apple) and the iPod.

Production could begin before the end of the year, though an early 2015 start is more likely, as both Bale and Fincher will be busy this fall promoting their respective movies, “Exodus” and “Gone Girl.”

Though Open Road’s “Jobs,” which starred Ashton Kutcher, grossed only $35 million worldwide, Sony believes that there is considerable interest across the globe in a Steve Jobs movie made by and featuring A-list talent.

Bale, who will soon be seen in a pair of Terrence Malick movies, has no firm attachments to movies in development. The notoriously selective actor won an Oscar for his supporting performance in David O. Russell’s “The Fighter.” He’s repped by WME and attorney Carlos Goodman.

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When he’s not obsessing over new Oscar predictions on a weekly basis, Joey is seeing between 300 and 350 movies a year. He views the best in order to properly analyze the awards race/season each year, but he also watches the worst for reasons he mostly sums up as "so you all don't have to". In his spare time, you can usually find him complaining about the Jets or the Mets. Still, he lives and dies by film. Joey's a voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.


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