Leaked Sony e-mails reveal Aaron Sorkin wanted Tom Cruise as Steve Jobs

“While the cyber-attackers who struck at Sony Pictures the week of Thanksgiving may have been motivated to stop Sony’s delivery of a certain film this Christmas, the data they leaked on Monday gives insight into the collapse of Sony’s role in another film—the adaptation of Walter Isaacson’s biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs,” Sean Gallagher reports for Ars Technica. “And it also reveals who screenwriter Aaron Sorkin had in mind for the leading role in Jobs: Tom Cruise.”

“Based on e-mail messages in the Outlook mailbox of Columbia Pictures Chairman Amy Pascal, which made up nearly half of the latest leak of documents by the group calling themselves “the Guardians of Peace,” it was ultimately Director Danny Boyle’s choice of Michael Fassbender for the role of Steve Jobs that blew up the deal, as Pascal and her team struggled to find someone to help finance the film with him in the lead,” Gallagher reports. “Then, as Sony reached a deadline for coming up with a deal, producer Scott Rudin and Boyle closed a deal with Universal to take the picture, sparking an e-mail flame war.”

“Both Tobey McGuire and Matthew McConaughey approached those tied to the film about playing Steve Jobs, and Tom Hanks was campaigning to play the role of Jon Sculley,” Gallagher reports. “Seth Rogen, whose film The Interview may have made Sony the target of the attack that exposed Pascal’s e-mail, was lined up to play Steve Wozniak.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: In additional emails, it was also revealed that Sorkin pushed for Jo Anne Worley to play Woz but, alas, she refused to test.

Separated at birth?
Jo Anne Worley and Woz (parody by MacDailyNews.com)

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]


  1. Having read those exchanges and discovered what a completely vile individual Scott Rudin is I hope this movie falls flat on his face, leading to him never producing another film. Hopefully he’ll pump all his own money in and go bankrupt in the process.

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