The Steve Jobs movie, which recently shifted from Sony Pictures to Universal Pictures, is in the final stages of locking down its leading cast. The as-yet untitled picture is set to lens early next year, with Danny Boyle directing from a script penned by Aaron Sorkin. To ensure the shooting schedule stays on track, the casting process is moving forward with the addition of Inherent Vice star, Katherine Waterston.
As reported by Deadline, the actress will be commandeering the key role of Jobs’ long-term girlfriend, Chrisann. In the 2013 Ashton Kutcher-led Jobs movie, the small role was played by Ahna O’Reilly. Something to bear in mind however; this isn’t the same part offered to – and turned down by – Natalie Portman. That character, Apple’s head of marketing Joanna Hoffman, is still up for grabs, with Kate Winslet now in consideration for the part.
Looking at the status of the flick, the film’s transition to its new home at Universal has gone off without incident, as those actors who had previously signed on for major roles are still attached. Taking the lead as the legendary Apple founder is Michael Fassbender, who will be joined by Seth Rogen as his wingman, Steve Wozniak. Screenwriter Sorkin’s The Newsroom colleague, Jeff Daniels, is reportedly eyeing up the role of John Scully, the former Apple CEO. Currently lined up for a pivotal role in Ridley Scott’s The Martian that entered production recently, it’s unknown if Daniels will definitely clamber aboard the Apple founder’s biopic.
Elsewhere in the supporting bracket, Deadline’s report confirms another new addition to the smaller roles – Michael Stuhlbarg. The A Serious Man actor will play Andy Hertzfeld, described as “the computer scientist and inventor who was part of the original Apple development team that came up with Macintosh Operating System. He worked closely with Jobs until he left for Google in 2005.”
With the acting ensemble on the Steve Jobs movie filling out nicely, there’s still the major role of his daughter Lisa that’s yet to be cast. If the studio aims to get this flick rolling soon, they’re likely to announce the lucky actress in the coming weeks.
We’ll keep you posted on any further updates.