“Universal’s ‘Steve Jobs,’ directed by Danny (‘Slumdog Millionaire’) Boyle from a screenplay by Aaron (‘The Social Network’) Sorkin, doesn’t open until Friday,” Philip Elmer-DeWitt reports for Fortune.

“But the relatively obscure German-born actor playing the title role is already the odds-on favorite to win an Oscar, ahead of such marquee idols as Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp and Matt Damon,” P.E.D. reports. “The Monday morning odds on GoldDerby, a crowd-sourced prediction site, put Fassbender’s chances at 13/5, ahead of DiCaprio (7/2), Depp (13/2) and Damon (50/1).”

“Those results must be particularly galling for DiCaprio, who has never won an Academy Award despite four nominations,” P.E.D. reports. “The part was his for the taking, but he turned it down a year ago, shortly before shooting started. So did the studio’s second choice, Christian Bale.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Fingers crossed that this movie isn’t a complete character assassination.

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