Christian Bale in Talks to Play Steve Jobs (Exclusive)

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Christian Bale and Steve Jobs

The move comes after the actor's talks with Fox to star in 'The Deep Blue Goodbye' hit a roadblock

No Leo, no problem.

Less than two weeks after Leonardo DiCaprio broke off talks with Sony to play Steve Jobs, the studio has set its sights back on Christian Bale.

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Sources say Sony is beginning negotiations with The Fighter actor, who was originally eyed to play the late Apple Computer co-founder back when David Fincher was in talks to direct. The move comes after Bale's negotiations with Fox to star in The Deep Blue Goodbye hit a roadblock. Sources say Fox was trying to include sequel options for Bale to tackle the lead role of Detective Travis McGee in what is hoped to be a franchise starter, but the actor balked. Now, talks are ongoing with Bale without sequel options, but even if a deal is reached, the actor would shoot the Jobs project before Deep Blue Goodbye.

Danny Boyle is directing the untitled Jobs film, which is based on Walter Isaacson's book and adapted by Aaron Sorkin and is one of the most anticipated biopics in recent years. Sony optioned the best-seller in 2011, around the time of Jobs' death.

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Fincher  had been in talks to direct, but as The Hollywood Reporter revealed in April, he left the project over compensation and control issues.

After DiCaprio bowed out, Bale emerged as a front-runner to portray the iconic tech figure, along with Matt DamonBen Affleck and Bradley Cooper.

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

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