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Christian Bale has now been confirmed as Steve Jobs in Aaron Sorkin’s biopic of the Apple icon, and the writer is adamant that the Welsh actor will be superb as the character. This is despite the fact that the Dark Knight trilogy star has a mammoth task ahead of him, as he is set to be in every single frame of the film.
Sorkin made his comments while talking to Bloomberg about the still untitled film. Discussing what the production was looking for in a lead actor, the screenwriter compared the casting process to the NFL Draft and finding the best player for the position you need. Said Sorkin,
"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. The role is an extremely difficult role. He has more words to say in this movie than most people have in three movies combined. There isn’t a scene or frame that he‘s not in and there’s a tremendous amount of language. It’s an extremely difficult part and he’s going to crush it."
Clearly Sorkin is proud of the fact that they have landed their number one choice for the role. Bale has already proven throughout his career that he can adapt to any character he feels he can truly wrap his acting skills around, and the thought of him playing Steve Jobs sounds like a match made in heaven. This is especially since Sorkin’s take on the Apple co-founder will intriguingly consist of three 30-minute scenes that will each take place in real time and are set before three major product launches. Just to make things that little bit more challenging for Bale, they are also set 17 years apart.
The final piece of Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs biopic is yet to be figured out, as a director for the project still hasn’t been confirmed. David Fincher, who Sorkin previously collaborated with for The Social Network, had previously declared that he would only direct the film if Christian Bale was cast in the lead role. Now that he has, will he finally join it? Probably not. A month later he completely dropped out of the project because Sony Pictures wouldn’t give him full marketing control and a $10 million upfront fee. Danny Boyle was also linked to the position too, but with Christian Bale now in place there will likely be a hoard of filmmakers vying for the director’s chair. This is because the Welsh actor is almost certainly going to bring his compelling intensity to the part in spades, and it already has Oscar-buzz written all over it.