Actor and tweeter extraordinaire Ashton Kutcher has been tapped to play one of the more interesting roles in market history in the indie film Jobs.
The film, to be written by Matt Whiteley and directed by Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote), will not cover Steve Jobs’ later years or his return to Apple in 1997. Instead, the movie will follow Jobs from his days as a “wayward hippie” to co-founder of Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), according to Variety.
It’s hard to imagine Kutcher donning a black turtleneck, salt-and-pepper hair, wire-rimmed glasses and a serious expression, but the actor does resemble Jobs’ circa 1976. And for this version, that matters.
While social media channels were buzzing about Kutcher’s impending portrayal of the revered entrepreneurial genius, Jobs isn’t the movie that many have been anticipating. In fact, that movie — the one for which Sony (NYSE:SNE) paid a not-so-small fortune for the rights — still is in the embryonic stages of development.
It is rumored that Aaron Sorkin (Moneyball, The Social Network, The West Wing) is working on the screenplay adaption of the popular biography written by Walter Issacson. A CNN.com report written last fall after Jobs lost his battle with cancer, speculated that actors like James McAvoy, Crispin Glover, Stanley Tucci and Noah Wyle were being discussed for the starring role. Kutcher’s name was not among the list.
Production for Jobs is slated to begin next month while Kutcher’s CBS (NYSE:CBS) sitcom Two and a Half Men, is in hiatus. The fact that Kutcher is known primarily for his comedic acting skills and Twitter prowess have many questioning whether he has the chops to play a character as complicated at the Apple icon.
But who knows? I personally was betting on Oprah to win the Twitter war.