Leonardo DiCaprio exits Steve Jobs biopic as contenders line up

“Leonardo DiCaprio will not be tackling the role of Steve Jobs,” Tatiana Siegel and Borys Kit report for The Hollywood Reporter.

“The actor, who had been in talks with Sony to play the late Apple Computer co-founder for director Danny Boyle, has bowed out to instead shoot The Revenant,” Siegel and Kit report. “But instead of making the untitled Jobs biopic right after, as had been hoped, DiCaprio has removed himself from the project altogether. Sources say after DiCaprio finishes The Revenant, which began shooting this week, he plans to take a lengthy break from acting.”

“Now with DiCaprio out, the studio is eyeing a number of actors to take on the iconic tech figure, who has been both worshipped and reviled,” Siegel and Kit report. “Christian Bale, whom Fincher wanted for the title role, is on Sony’s wish list, as is Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Bradley Cooper.”

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28 Comments

    1. Been there done that. It was okay as a TV movie. Move on. He’s not exactly tearing up the screen as an actor anyway. Now is he? Besides, we’ve already had two movies about Steve and that’s enough. Movies about presidents of the United States haven’t fared well so the president of a company will fare no better. Let’s find something more interesting to make it into a movie.

    2. Noah Wyle??? If I remember correctly, he played Jobs once in that Made-for-TV movie “Pirates of the Silicon Valley” some 15 years ago. The movie was somewhat lame (as was his performance), but it seems that most Apple fans liked it (and him). That however doesn’t change the fact that he is really a third-rate TV actor, most certainly not an A-list Hollywood material. I’m sure he would love to do it again, but with Boyle helming and Sorkin writing it, there is no chance the’d settle for two-bit TV actor, when the other guys got Ashton Kutcher. While Kutcher wasn’t exactly spectacular in the part, he was still more convincing than Wyle. Hopefully, a good choice will emerge and this will end up being the best of the three pics.

      1. I disagree. Wyle nailed it. Kutcher was not horrible, but not even close to Noah Wyle’s performance.

        “Pirates” was a great movie. It was closer to facts than “Jobs”. Jobs was completily off. While both movies took liberties, at least “Pirates of Silicon Valley” kept the spirit of the facts. Woz said it so. He loved “Pirates”, he said it was very close to reality. “Jobs” got all facts twisted.

        Do I think Wyle should do Jobs again? Perhaps not. He did a great 1978 – 1997 Jobs. It might not be best suited for the 21st century Jobs though. I can’t think who can do it. Could Bale (an awesome actor) impersonate Jobs? Get his expression, moves, maneurisms and voice tone right? Noah Wyle did it back then. In an impressive way. Who could do something similar? I don’t know, but I hope whoever he is, he can surprise me.

        1. There seems to be this trend among many fans here that whichever actor is chosen to play Jobs, he is supposed to “nail” his speech, mannerisms, gestures, voice tone… This is what impersonators do. Actors aren’t supposed to imitate other people; they are expected to create a fictional character based on a living (or historic) model.

          There are very, very few movies out there that stick close to the original historical narrative and characters. When I think back, of the recent ones, “Apollo 13”, or “13 Days” come to mind. For both, the original story provided excellent drama that could easily be fit in the standard dramatic arc for a three-act screenplay. But even they had to twist some of the elements of the real story in order to make the movie watchable. There is a reason when they say “based on a true story”. Screenwriter isn’t copying history books (or transcripts); he is writing fiction, and his inspiration are actual events. This is why the “Pirates of the Silicon Valley” was loved by the Apple fans (including Woz), but the more recent one (“Jobs”) worked much better with the regular audience. We wanted a re-enactment of the actual events, as close as possible to the real thing, while ordinary people prefer entertainment.

      2. Yes, Noah Wyle. He didn’t just play Steve in Pirates. He also played Steve for about 5 minutes at a keynote presentation. At the invitation of Steve himself. And they say it took people a few minutes to realize what was going on. (Not sure how true that is.) Either way, Noah Wyle comes with Steve’s stamp of approval.

      1. You’re probably right but I throughly enjoyed watching The Aviator.

        I see nothing wrong with Leo as an actor but I don’t see him as Steve either.

      2. I’m OK with him playing Howard Hughes, but Steve Jobs is a far more iconic personality than Howard Hughes, and the actor who plays him should look similar. I was actually pleasantly surprised to see Ashton Kutcher do a great job portraying Steve Jobs.

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