'Steve Jobs' to Close London Film Festival
Danny Boyle's biopic, which stars Michael Fassbender, will get its European premiere at the annual event.
Danny Boyle is becoming something of an old hand at bringing the curtain down on the BFI London Film Festival, having done so twice already with Slumdog Millionaire in 2008 and 127 Hours in 2010.
This year, the Oscar-winning director is set to bring festivities to an end once more, with organizers revealing on Thursday that his latest feature, Steve Jobs, would close the 2015 edition of the annual event.
The Michael Fassbender-starring biopic, based on Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography Steve and written by Aaron Sorkin, will be given a gala screening in the British capital on Oct. 18, which will also mark the film's European premiere. The movie is set to open in the U.S. on Oct. 10 after playing at the New York Film Festival on Oct. 3.
Alongside Fassbender as the late Apple founder, Steve Jobs also stars Kate Winslet, Seth Rogan and Jeff Daniels. Unlike the mostly-derided 2013 biopic Jobs, which had Ashton Kutcher in the lead, Boyle's film spans just 14 years, covering three seminal product launches, the Macintosh computer in 1984, the NeXT 'Cube' in 1988 and the iMac in 1998.
"If London was the cradle of the Industrial Revolution, then San Francisco is the Bethlehem of the digital one," said Boyle. "We had a brilliant time making this movie in Silicon Valley, and I hope Londoners will enjoy a behind-the-scenes look into the making of the modern world. It's always special to bring work home, so thanks to BFI London Film Festival for their continued support."
Produced by Scott Rudin, Mark Gordon, Guymon Casady, Boyle and Christian Colson, Steve Jobs is officially a Scott Rudin/Mark Gordon Company/Entertainment 360/Decibel Films/Cloud Eight Film production and a Universal/Legendary Pictures presentation.
LFF film festival director Clare Stewart said she was thrilled that the film would be closing the event. "Danny Boyle has created an exhilarating and audacious film starring Michael Fassbender as the complex, charismatic digital pioneer," she said.
The festival previously revealed that it would be, once again, delving into British history books for its opening night on Oct. 7, with the Meryl Streep- and Carey Mulligan-starrer Suffragette following in the footsteps of 2014's The Imitation Game. Set amid the early feminist movement at the start of the 20th century and the fight for gender equality, the film is expected to be among this year's awards season contenders.
The LFF's full lineup will be revealed on Sept. 1.
See the Steve Jobs trailer below: