Michael Fassbender in talks to star in Steve Jobs biopic after Christian Bale leaves film

Fassbender is reported to be in 'early talks' to play the late Apple founder

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Michael Fassbender is in line to star in the Steve Jobs biopic in the latest turn in what could be the most shambolic casting process in Hollywood history.

The actor is reported to be in talks to play the Apple founder after Christian Bale left the project earlier this week, citing “conflicting feelings” about playing the late technology entrepreneur.

Now Fassbender is reported to be in early talks to play Jobs, according to Variety. Seth Rogen is also said to be in talks to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, who left the company after drifting apart from Jobs in 1987.

The script is believed to be divided into three acts following Jobs' preparation for three Apple product launches that defined his own life and that of his company.

Based on Walter Isaacson’s biography Steve Jobs, the drama will be directed by Danny Boyle with a screenplay from Aaron Sorkin and is said to feature the writer’s “trademark fast-paced dialogue”.

The film has been wracked with problems since casting began in 2012.

Leonardo DiCaprio was in line to play Jobs but opted to film The Revenant with Tom Hardy instead, while Matt Damon, Bradley Cooper and Ben Affleck have all been in talks to star at some stage.

David Fincher had been in talks to direct before he left over a pay dispute, leaving Boyle to take the helm.

Boyle’s biopic is unconnected to last year’s film Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher in the title role.

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