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Ashton Kutcher to Start Acting Like Steve Jobs in May

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The first Jobs movie since the businessman's death is set to launch before year's end.

Earlier this month, word got out that Ashton Kutcher was set to star in a movie about the life of Steven P. Jobs. The rumor was so ridiculous that many people wrote it off the second they heard it. The fact that Variety first reported it on April 1, also known as April Fools' Day, didn't exactly help. However, Variety insisted that the story was real and just too good to sit on until April 2. Still, we had our doubts.

Now, a fortnight on, more news about the project has emerged. It seems the movie is to cover Jobs' life from the year 1979 to 2000. This means we'll see the founding of Apple Company, Jobs' ousting from his own company, his hand in getting Pixar going, and his eventual return to Apple in time for the iMac. Mark Hulme is producing the movie, which currently has the working title of, 'Jobs: Get Inspired.' Hulme spoke to Neowin about the project and revealed the period the movie will cover along with why they chose Hollywood golden boy Ashton Kutcher for the role:

"Since our film covers the early years of Apple, when Jobs was in his 20's, we needed an actor who could carry not only the youthfulness of Jobs at the time but also the psychological complexity," Hulme told Neowin. "Because of that, and Ashton's physical similarities to Jobs, he's perfect for our film."

Kutcher is said to be excited to play the part of Jobs but we're still in the dark as to who will play the Woz. Hulme says we can also expect to see John Scully, Mike Markkula, Daniel Kottke in the movie but stopped short of revealing who will play them.

The movie is scheduled to start shooting next month and Hulme said they're aiming for a Q4 2012 release. A second movie based on the life of Jobs, this one based on Walter Isaacson's autobiography, is also said to be in the works after Sony Pictures Entertainment bought the movie rights to the book. Noah Wyle played Jobs in Pirates of Silicon Valley but it's not yet known who will take the role in the Sony Pictures film.

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    beayn , April 17, 2012 1:05 AM
    I wonder if he's going to park in handicap spots using a car with no plates...
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    tektek2000 , April 17, 2012 2:15 AM
    Hollywood is full of apple fanboys.. watch them push him all way to winning an OSCAR...
    PLEASE DONT LET IT BE SO!
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    pythy , April 17, 2012 3:31 AM
    Will there be an Apple surcharge on the movie tickets?
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  • 20 Hide
    beayn , April 17, 2012 1:05 AM
    I wonder if he's going to park in handicap spots using a car with no plates...
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    cumi2k4 , April 17, 2012 1:52 AM
    well...he's already in punk'd so i'd guess it would be natural for him....
  • 5 Hide
    extremepcs , April 17, 2012 1:57 AM
    Lateral character move... shouldn't be too difficult.
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    julianbautista87 , April 17, 2012 2:14 AM
    I insist, Mike Myers dressing like "Dr. Evil" would be a better actor for that role.
  • 17 Hide
    tektek2000 , April 17, 2012 2:15 AM
    Hollywood is full of apple fanboys.. watch them push him all way to winning an OSCAR...
    PLEASE DONT LET IT BE SO!
  • 7 Hide
    A Bad Day , April 17, 2012 2:19 AM
    Lawsuit by Apple in three, two, one...
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    julianbautista87 , April 17, 2012 2:19 AM
    He hasn't enough experience to play as Jobs; he's not a father yet, he doesn't know what is like to have a son or daughter and deny him or her and not supporting him or her during the first years of life.
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    alidan , April 17, 2012 3:11 AM
    julianbautista87I insist, Mike Myers dressing like "Dr. Evil" would be a better actor for that role.


    mike myers playing doctor evil, but beinf copentent at evil but legal (mostly) things.

    sir this costs 200$ to make, so at 250-300$ we will still pull in a healthy proffit...
    charge 5-600$ base cost

    sir the chinese portion of the labor force is over worked and quality is slipping, maybe we should get more people to make these
    upgrade the chinese from leather whips, to barbed leather whips.

    sir, we need to have a large recall, these phones are obviously defective
    they are just holding the phone wrong.
  • 15 Hide
    pythy , April 17, 2012 3:31 AM
    Will there be an Apple surcharge on the movie tickets?
  • 15 Hide
    madjimms , April 17, 2012 5:45 AM
    In recent news, Apple patents "using goofy actor to play asshole"
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    WR2 , April 17, 2012 6:10 AM
    "The first Jobs movie since the businessman's death"
    Ghoul's rush in to be 'first'. Usually with the 'least'.
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    ojas , April 17, 2012 6:54 AM
    Hahaha. Kelso playing Jobs. :D 

    "Damn, Jackie"
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    halcyon , April 17, 2012 8:46 AM
    I'm not really the biggest Ashton Kutcher fan...or the biggest Steve Jobs fan...yet this seems...interesting.
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    nyghtstar , April 17, 2012 9:44 AM
    wow I didn't realize jobs had such a fan base.
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    halcyon , April 17, 2012 9:52 AM
    nyghtstarwow I didn't realize jobs had such a fan base.

    Well, from what I've read in these forums there are a lot of "iSheep" out there.
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    anamech , April 17, 2012 9:53 AM
    I'd like to see it!
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    vaughn2k , April 17, 2012 11:13 AM
    pythyWill there be an Apple surcharge on the movie tickets?

    You'll have a free movie passes if you buy the iPhone 4S + the iPad.
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    Anonymous , April 17, 2012 12:14 PM
    Why people dismissed him for that role? Steve and Woz were crazy young hackers in those years, he is perfect for that role. Haven't you seen that one when journalists came to their home to see first home built computer and they later wrote they saw a computer burning with loads of smoke and 2 young people standing next to it and laughing?
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    three0duster , April 17, 2012 12:19 PM
    Thought he was going to play dead or something....
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    xerroz , April 17, 2012 12:32 PM
    Gotta milk the sheep. Yep, apparently that's possible.
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