Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Ashton Kutcher to play Steve Jobs in movie

CNN reports: Actor Ashton Kutcher, who got his break on That '70s Show, will go back to the 1970s to play tech visionary Steve Jobs in an indie film about Jobs' early life and the founding of Apple.

Production on the film, Jobs, is scheduled to begin in May while Kutcher is on hiatus from his hit CBS series Two and a Half Men. It will be directed by Joshua Michael Stern and "will chronicle Steve Jobs from wayward hippie to co-founder of Apple," according to Variety.

The timing of the story, which was published on Sunday, combined with Kutcher's well-known love of pranks, led some to dismiss it as an April Fools' joke. But CNN confirmed Monday through a representative for Kutcher that the actor has signed on for the role.

The movie will follow Jobs from when he and Steve Wozniak founded Apple in 1976 to when Jobs returned to the company in the late 1990s after being forced out. It won't cover Jobs' later years.

Kutcher's movie will face competition from Sony Pictures, which is developing its own Jobs biopic based on the best-selling book by Walter Isaacson.

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