Leonardo DiCaprio Withdraws from Sony's 'Steve Jobs' Biopic, Danny Boyle Confirmed as Director

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Actor Leonardo DiCaprio has withdrawn from negotiations to play Steve Jobs in Aaron Sorkin's upcoming film about the late Apple co-founder, according to The Hollywood Reporter. DiCaprio was set to begin work on the movie after finishing work on The Revenant, but sources close to the actor have said that he plans to take a lengthy break soon.

Now with DiCaprio out, the studio is eyeing a number of actors to take on the iconic tech figure, who has been both worshipped and reviled. Christian Bale, who Fincher wanted for the title role, is on Sony's wish list, as is Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Bradley Cooper (though Affleck seems unlikely given that he just signed on for the thriller The Accountant).
The report also notes that the movie will be directed by Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle, who was said to be in talks with Sony Pictures this past April. According to information shared by Sorkin, the film will use material from Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography and will focus on three 30-minute scenes showing three of Apple's product launches. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is also working as a consultant on the film. Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs biopic has yet to receive a release date.

Article Link: Leonardo DiCaprio Withdraws from Sony's 'Steve Jobs' Biopic, Danny Boyle Confirmed as Director
 

akidd

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Is that because his wifi keeps dropping out as he's gone to iOS 8.02 and didn't get any messages? Must be the rest of us seem to be suffering from it.
 

HiRez

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Man I don't know, this movie sounds like a mess waiting to happen. Directors and main actors being swapped out is usually not a good sign. Especially since apparently the studio kicked Fincher at least partly because of his demands for control. That's what a director is supposed to do, it reeks of studio meddling and will probably end badly.
 

mattopotamus

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Surprised by all of the DiCaprio hate. He is one of the better actors out there.

...reminds me of tom cruise hate. Their personal life may be strange, but they are great actors and have great roles.
 

byke

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I am sick of all this type casting, with only white men being short listed for the role.

Whoopi Goldberg would be perfect for the role, she is well loved and renowned for sister act (1 and 2) and even has a jewish sounding last name.

Whoopi for the Job(s)
 
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eoblaed

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Surprised by all of the DiCaprio hate. He is one of the better actors out there.

...reminds me of tom cruise hate. Their personal life may be strange, but they are great actors and have great roles.
It's trendy to hate on DiCaprio (and Tom Cruise), dontcha know?

For the record, I agree with you. But for a large segment of our population, it's easier and safer to hate on something than to put yourself out there and openly like something.
 

SSDGUY

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I am sick of all this type casting, with only white men being short listed for the role.

Whoopi Goldberg would be perfect for the role, she is well loved and renowned for sister act (1 and 2) and even has a jewish sounding last name.

Whoopi for the Job(s)
Best post I've seen on MR in a looong time.
 

theheadguy

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I am sick of all this type casting, with only white men being short listed for the role.

Whoopi Goldberg would be perfect for the role, she is well loved and renowned for sister act (1 and 2) and even has a jewish sounding last name.

Whoopi for the Job(s)
Feel better soon!

 

Chrjy

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I think they should spend a bit more time making decisions....anti-climax or what!
 

senseless

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I remember hearing that he was slated to play Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari. That movie never happened, but it would have been interesting.
 

bpeeps

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Do we really need ANOTHER Jobs movie?
Yes, because the last one starred Ashton Kutcher...

Aaron Sorkin is an amazing writer and I'm excited to see what he's done with this script. If he can make a movie about Facebook interesting, then he can certainly do the Jobs story correctly.
 
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