According to a report by Variety, Ashton Kutcher, the new star of “Two and a Half Men,” is set to play Steve Jobs in an upcoming indie movie from director Joshua Michael Stern, best known for “Swing Vote.”
“Jobs,” is a film that will follow Steve Jobs’ younger years as he transforms from a “wayward hippie” into the world renown entrepreneur that co-founded Apple.
Kutcher, as the star of movies like “New Year’s Eve,” and “Dude, Where’s My Car?,” may seem to be an unusual choice, but he is heavily invested in Silicon Valley as a supporter of several startups (including Airbnb, Foursquare, and Skype), and he does bear an uncanny resemblance to a young Steve Jobs.
The film is being financed and produced by Mark Hulme of Five Star Institute, and is scheduled to begin filming in May, when Kutcher is on hiatus from his television show.
This news did come out on April 1st, so it could be an elaborate prank, but Variety’s Jeff Sneider insists that the story is real, and the news has been backed up by The Hollywood Reporter. This isn’t the only Jobs movie in the works – Sony Pictures is also working on a version based on Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs, which was published in 2011. Casting for that movie has yet to be announced.
What do you think about the casting of “Jobs”? Does Ashton Kutcher have what it takes to portray the legendary Apple CEO? Who would you choose to play Steve Jobs?