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To say that Ashton Kutcher was an unusual choice for the role of Steve Jobs in Joshua Michael Stern's indie biopic of the Apple creator is probably a fair assessment, but we've had some time to let that sink in, and we've even heard some of the reasoning behind the selection. Sure, Kutcher's better known for his comedic work than he is for dramas, but he does bear some resemblance to Jobs in his younger years, and producer Mark Hulme expressed optimism that Kutcher has what it takes to carry the "psychological complexity" of the role. In another interesting casting development for the film, it looks like Jobs may have found its Woz, and once again, they're going with someone better known for their comedy work than for drama.
According to Variety, Josh Gad is working out a deal to play the part of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in the Matt Whiteley written film. Wozniak created the Apple I computer and later co-created the Apple II computer in the '70's. He and Jobs formed Apple Computer together in the mid-70's,
Gad is certainly an interesting choice for the part, particularly when putting him next to Kutcher. It seems like it would be more likely to see see both of these actors starring side-by-side in a comedy. Gad's been on the rise in the entertainment industry, with various film roles to his name, including Love and Other Drugs, a voice part in the upcoming Ice Age: Continental Drift, and a starring role opposite Bill Pullman and Jenna Elfman in NBC's comedy pilot 1600 Penn. But he may be best known for his starring role in the original cast of the Tony Award winning Broadway musical The Book of Mormon. Gad earned himself an Tony nomination for playing the goofy but determined and well-meaning Arnold Cunningham in the play. He's funny, he can sing, and soon enough we'll see how he handles a dramatic role.
Jobs is scheduled to begin production in May.