With principal photography for the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic simply titled Steve Jobsalready underway, it was only a matter of time before images of the main cast began making the rounds. And indeed, the first of such photos have surfaced via MailOnline.
The photos, one of which is embedded below, show Michael Fassbender and Seth Rogen as Apple co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, respectively, wearing clothes evoking the 1980s, during which parts of Steve Jobs is set.
Rogen, thanks mainly to his portly mien, somewhat resembles Wozniak. But Fassbender looks almost nothing like the films titular and central character.
Fassbender was far from the first choice for the plum role. Prior to his involvement, several bigger names were attached to it.
Aaron Sorkin, who wrote the screenplay of Steve Jobs based on Walter Isaacsons authorized biography of the same name, originally wanted Tom Cruise for the part. Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale were also approached for the role, but both turned it down.
Ultimately, the challenge to play the iconic lead character went to Fassbender, who was the choice of the films director, Danny Boyle. Sorkin initially dismissed Fassbender as some sort of nobody, but later conceded that hes a great actor whose time has come.
Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs and Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak
Admittedly, unlike Ashton Kutcher, who played Jobs in the critically panned Jobs, Fassbender is no Jobs look-alike. But Id rather see an actor who doesnt resemble Jobs but is nonetheless able to capture the spirit of the late Apple CEO, than watch someone who does a mere impersonation.
And having seen Fassbender in such films as Shame, X-Men: First Class and 12 Years a Slave, I have high hopes that he will do a great job of depicting the infamous intensity of the person he has been tapped to portray.
In addition to Fassbender and Rogen, Steve Jobs features Jeff Daniels as former Apple CEO John Sculley and Kate Winslet as former Macintosh marketing chief Joanna Hoffman.
Also part of the films cast are: Katherine Waterston as Chrisann Brennan, Jobs longtime partner; Michael Stuhlbarg as Andy Hertzfeld, one of the original members of the Macintosh development team; Sarah Snook as former Apple PR guru Andrea Cunningham; Adam Shapiro as former Apple software chief Avie Tevanian; and Perla Haney-Jardine, Ripley Sobo, and Makenzie Moss as Lisa Brennan-Jobs, Jobss first child and daughter of Brennan, at various stages of her life.
As touted by Universal, which picked up the project from Sony, the film is mainly set backstage at three iconic product launches spearheaded by Jobs.