If only it could still be April 1 and this be considered some kind of sick April Fool’s Day gag on the part of a cruel and indifferent universe: Ashton Kutcher, he of the trucker hats, Punk’d, and Two and a Half Men, the actor whose best career work is limited to That ‘70s Show, will be portraying Steve Jobs in an upcoming biopic. That’s right—the guy who replaced Charlie Sheen and somehow (though many thought this wouldn’t be possible) made Two and a Half Men even worse, will be playing a guy who changed the world. You win, universe, you win.
/Film has it that Swing Vote director Joshua Michael Stern will be directing an indie biopic simply titled Jobs, from a script by Matt Whitely, and that Kutcher will portray the Apple co-founder as a man who goes from “wayward hippie to co-founder of Apple, where he became one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of our time.” It is not yet known if the film will deal with Jobs’ later years, involving his illness and subsequent death.
While Kutcher does share a strong resemblance to Steve Jobs, based on his previous acting gigs, it seems that Ashton scored this role solely on that resemblance, and not because of any supposed acting chops (though I could be wrong in my apprehension—former boy band punchline Justin Timberlake turned in a decently and charming performance as Sean Parker in The Social Network, so anything’s possible). Only time will tell on this one.
What do you think of the Steve Jobs biopic news?