Aaron Sorkin Confirms Christian Bale Playing Steve Jobs in Sony Movie

Christian Bale; Steve Jobs
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“We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that’s Chris Bale. He didn’t have to audition"

Christian Bale will play Steve Jobs in Sony's upcoming biopic about the late Apple co-founder, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin confirmed in a Bloomberg Television interview with Emily Chang.

“We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that’s Chris Bale,” Sorkin said. “He didn’t have to audition. Well, there was a meeting.”

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The Hollywood Reporter previously exclusively revealed that Bale was in talks to play Jobs.

Bale was originally eyed to play Jobs when David Fincher was in talks to direct, THR previously reported. Leonardo DiCaprio had also been in talks to star as Jobs before he bowed out and Bale emerged as a frontrunner, along with Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Bradley Cooper.

The film, an adaptation of Walter Isaacson's 2011 biography titled Steve Jobs, is set to begin shooting in the next couple of months, Bloomberg reported, with Danny Boyle set to direct after Fincher left the project. Sony optioned the best-selling book in 2011 around the time of Jobs' death.

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Sorkin indicated in his Bloomberg interview that his script will feature plenty of his trademark fast-paced dialogue. But he thinks Bale is up to the challenge.

“He has more words to say in this movie than most people have in three movies combined,” Sorkin said. “There isn’t a scene or a frame that he’s not in. And there's a tremendous amount of language. So it’s an extremely difficult part and he is gonna crush it.”

Scott Rudin is producing the film alongside Film 360's Guymon Casady and Mark Gordon.

Sony declined to comment.

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Watch Sorkin's full interview with Bloomberg TV below.

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