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After this week's announcement that the late Steve Jobs will be remembered through a Hollywood biopic, the obvious question facing Sony Pictures is… which actor gets the nod for the lead role? The film rights to Walter Isaacson's biography, due to be published later this month, was snapped up by Sony Pictures for a healthy sum …


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  1. DPWDC

    For "the bloke who oversaw the iPod generation."

    James Cromwell?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Ian McShane

      Admittedly, he doesn't look anything like him, but after seeing his performance as Al Swearengen in deadwood I think he'd be perfect at playing shouty Steve.

  2. Madboater

    Ricky Gervais

    End of line.

    1. John Smith 19 Gold badge


      "Ricky Gervais"

      I find your lack faith (in the cult of Jobs) disturbing.

  3. Anonymous Coward
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    Christopher Eccleston?

    only if they want to re-imagine the Apple story in Manchester with lots of gurning, surely?

  4. LuMan

    Jobbing Actors Required

    Well, seeing as this is a Hollywood flick, historical accuracy will be somewhere in the car park (or 'parking lot', as our cousins over the pond would say) so, with this in mind, I think Jackie Chan should play the young Jobs, striving to make a name in a strange land after being stolen from a Triad-controlled Chinese workhouse, and then Ving Rhames to play an older Jobs who takes on the might of Nasty Rival Company (with a despotic, evil, bastard of a boss - played by a Brit, probably) through the use of guile, sex appeal and bloody big guns and explosions.

    The plot will write itself, of course.

    1. John Smith 19 Gold badge
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      You have a promising career as a studio executive ahead of you.

      I already want to book tickets for this.

      And casting the head of "Nasty Rival Company " as a Brit will be hailed as a stroke of genius (by Merkins everywhere).

  5. Doogie Howser MD

    Count Eccleston Out

    By his insistence on using his Salford accent for all roles (not that there's anything wrong with that mind). Can you imagine him at the Apple keynote saying "To get your tunes, you have to use t'clickwheel"?

    1. John Smith 19 Gold badge

      @Doogie Howser MD

      "Count Eccleston Out → #"

      But he did such a bang up job on GI Joe, granted as the head of a multinational arms conglomerate.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward


      Bernie Eccleston?

  6. Patrick O'Reilly

    +1 Noah Wyle

    He did a good Job(s) first time round.

  7. jake Silver badge

    Who should play Jobs?

    How about Guy Kawasaki? Would be fitting.

    Somewhere, Steve's spinning ...

  8. Phil Riley

    Christopher Eccleston

    Lots of CEOs are from the north...

  9. Jim Carter

    I'm probably going to get flamed for this...

    But how about Ian McDiarmid for the older version?

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      Ian McDiarmid

      Great suggestion!

      Shenzhen factory worker: "The emperor is coming here? We shall double our efforts!"

    2. hplasm Silver badge

      Peter Cushing?

      or Christopher Lee for the live Steve?

  10. Robert E A Harvey


    Please, no. What on earth would be the point?

  11. Rob Kendrick

    Tim Robbins, as he's already played a Steve Jobs/Bill Gates chimea:

  12. Mint Sauce

    How about

    Paris Hilton? I hear she's very versatile..

    1. Josco

      Oh yes

      There's a film I would go to see.

      Would there be a homage to the 'butter scene' in Last Tango In Paris?

    2. GitMeMyShootinIrons

      I believe...

      ..the word you're after is 'flexible', rather than 'versatile'. However, I'm sure that if there's a hole to be filled, Paris will probably be involved....

  13. GeorgeTuk

    Too soon.

    Like the 9/11 film with Nicholas Cage.

    Not EVERYTHING has to be a film either.

  14. Smallbrainfield

    Jason Statham

    He can have a bare knuckle fight with Microsoft stooges in a warehouse and use his shirt as a weapon. Bill Gates to be played by Alan Rickman.

    1. BorkedAgain
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      ...use his poloneck as a weapon...

      There, fixed that for you.

    2. Ru

      Alan Rickman?

      I'd say he's more of a Larry Ellison than a Bill Gates.

  15. I understand now

    Samuel L Jackson.

    1. amanfromearth


      And Brian Blessed as the Woz

  16. Graham Bartlett

    Mark Strong

    Just saw "Revolver" again the other night. Mark Strong (plays Sorter in "Revolver") would be perfect.

    1. Chris 3


      He was also eremarkably good as Septimus in Stardust.

  17. Marvin the Martian
    Paris Hilton

    Malcolm Tucker would be epic.

    Hmm... Allan Rickman we can settle for.

  18. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    'I'm Not There'

    In that movie, '...six characters embody a different aspect of the musician's life and work'. (IMDB).


    Paz de la Huerta is 'gratuitously naked female Steve Jobs';

    Jean Reno personifies Steve's stubble;

    R2D2 plays Steve in any scenes with Jonathan Ives;

    Young Steve is rendered by Pixar;

    Ben Kingsley is Spiritaul Steve;

    And (for general comedic mirthiness), Steve Ballmer , in Chicago-style-fishnet turtle-neck, tap- dances and sings the introduction of the iPhone, in a big musical number, backed by the cast of Glee.

    1. John Smith 19 Gold badge
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      "Paz de la Huerta is 'gratuitously naked female Steve Jobs';

      Jean Reno personifies Steve's stubble;

      R2D2 plays Steve in any scenes with Jonathan Ives;

      Young Steve is rendered by Pixar;

      Ben Kingsley is Spiritaul Steve;"

      It's got Oscar written all over it (and it's not a Newton recognition failure either).

      1. cortezcortez

        Jonathan Ives? Who?

        There's no way Ives will be in the film. Jobs was responsible for EVERY SINGLE DETAIL of EVERY SINGLE APPLE PRODUCT, remember.

  19. Andy Farley

    It's got to be.

    The Rock.

    But it'll probably be Tom Hanks for iPod Steve.

  20. KilterUberGeek


    Alan Rickman or Gary Oldman... they play the bad guy better than any other.

    1. Anonymous Coward
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      No way me hearties

      The bad guy *has* to be Bill Nighy

  21. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Rob Shnider

  22. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Christian Slater.

    1. John Smith 19 Gold badge


      "Christian Slater."

      Slater has done a good line in psychos over the years, from Heathers to Best Laid Plans.

      Not commenting Jobby's mental state, just Slaters resume.

  23. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Rob Schneider

    Rob Schneider - White Clicks

  24. cliveski

    How about...

    Simon Pegg or David Tennant?

    Oh, OK then....Johnny Depp :-)

  25. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    actor gets the nod for the lead role?


  26. ScioScio
    IT Angle

    Obvious, really.

    The same guy who played Jesus Christ in the Passion. He already has the required range

  27. Turtle_Fan

    So, I'm the only one who thinks it should be someone completely unknown...

    Casting too big a star would detract from the essence of the biopic UNLESS most commentards' view is that the film should be a right farce (which i completely understand)

  28. Simon Cresswell


    As so many fanbois thought Steve was the second coming anyway.

    Agree with previous posers though - it's too soon...

  29. Platelet

    Mel Gibson

    Who else could portray the passion of Jobs?

  30. Wyrdness

    Mat Baynton - Just watch his amazing performance as a Roman Steve Jobs in the 'aBook' sketch from Horrible Histories and you'll see why. You should be able to find it on YouTube.

  31. Cornholio


    Montgomery Burns?

  32. nichomach


    ...for Mark Strong, but casting Wyle again wouldn't be a bad move.

  33. Bunker_Monkey

    What about......

    Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Ben Stiller, Charlie Sheen as a middle aged Steve

    Daniel 'Harry Potter' Ratcliffe as a younger Steve.. Directed by Michael Bay, produced by Spielberg.

    Mines the one with the lame-ass Hollywood script (cause we aint got no new ideas) in the pocket.


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