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Director wants Christian Bale to play role of Steve Jobs in upcoming biopic

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Acclaimed director David Fincher is considering taking the reins of Sony's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, but will reportedly do so only if the studio allows Christian Bale to fill the lead role.

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Source: TheWrap


Fincher, best known for directing The Social Network and Fight Club, made his position known during a recent meeting with Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal, according to TheWrap. Bale has not yet been approached, the publication says, but he is not currently attached to any future projects.

Bale was under the cowl for the role of Batman in Christopher Nolan's blockbuster Dark Knight trilogy, though he's also been involved in more critically acclaimed films such as American Hustle and The Fighter. He is also known among film buffs for his roles in cult classics American Psycho and Equilibrium.

Emmy- and Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin -- known for political drama The West Wing and his partnership with Fincher on The Social Network, a film about the formative years of Facebook -- penned the script. Based on Walter Isaacson's canonical Steve Jobs biography, the movie is expected to revolve around backstage machinations at three separate Apple product unveilings representing three different eras of Jobs's life.

Sony is reportedly set to begin filming late in 2014, though scheduling conflicts may push the commencement date back to early 2015. It would be the second Steve Jobs biopic made since the former Apple CEO's death, following 2013's Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher.
post #2 of 53
He'd be a great choice. He's got more than enough range to play Steve Jobs.

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post #3 of 53
Yes! Christian Bale would nail it! Like he does most films.
post #4 of 53
He'd be great. What a good idea.
post #5 of 53
Great choice. Can't wait.
post #6 of 53
Hadn't thought of him, but yeah... good fit.
(Particularly if you've seen the on-set videos of his temper tantrums... sounds like type-casting to me. 1smile.gif
post #7 of 53

Bale's a genius, flat out.  

post #8 of 53
Ditto...excellent choice that I hadn't thought of. In addition to terrific acting chops (American Hustle!) Bale even has that very subtle lisp that Steve had.
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post #9 of 53

Batman > Steve Jobs > American Psycho

 

Yes he has the range needed for this role.

post #10 of 53
I think Bale would be a great choice. I just really hope he doesn't go overboard and try to mimic Steve's body in his last couple years like he did in "The Machinist".
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Batman > Steve Jobs > American Psycho

 

Yes he has the range needed for this role.

 

And (not to be too crass) don't forget about The Machinist.

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post #12 of 53

I hope they can let him show a little Patrick Bateman.

 

They could take the story about Steve throwing Newtons out of his office and...embellish.

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Batman > Steve Jobs > American Psycho

Yes he has the range needed for this role.

Amazing job as a drug addict in The Fighter.
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post #14 of 53
Hmmm...I don't know.

Does anybody here think Bale has what it takes to play Steve having a tantrum?

Does he really have any experience in this area?

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post #15 of 53
I can't wait to see the scene in the film where Bill Gates steals ideas for his Windows operating system from Jobs so Steve punches him in the face and leaves him hanging upside down from a nearby building rooftop.

Or where Steve gets booked for parking the Batmobile in handicapped parking spots.

Awesome.
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post #16 of 53
Bale is the best non-Daniel Day Lewis choice.
Should erase the memory of Ashton Kutcher.

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post #17 of 53

I didn't have the slightest interest in the Kutcher one, but this is starting to sound like quality: Sorkin, Isaacson, Fincher, Bale? Wow.

 

Now get Giamatti to play Woz.

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This is the first thread I've ever seen on AI where the first dozen or so posts were positive about whatever rumor or reports was presented in the article.  Where are the Christian Bale haters?

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I didn't have the slightest interest in the Kutcher one, but this is starting to sound like quality: Sorkin, Isaacson, Fincher, Bale? Wow.

Now get Giamatti to play Woz.

Isaacson screwed up Jobs biography and should not be seen as a positive.

I would rather see Jorge Garcia play Woz.
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This is the first thread I've ever seen on AI where the first dozen or so posts were positive about whatever rumor or reports was presented in the article.  Where are the Christian Bale haters?
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post #21 of 53
I'm leary that it could well be yet another lame cash-grab movie/book... but good casting pick!
post #22 of 53
Ever since I read that Aaron Sorkin was on board to write the script, I'd been racking my brains thinking who would play Steve, and couldn't think of anybody suitable (I have to admit Ashton Kutcher wasn't half bad!) and now I read here it could be Christian Bale, and it fits! I'm also surprised at myself for Bale not occurring to me either, as for a good few years now, he's been my favourite Hollywood actor! (It used to be Johnny Depp but he's been doing too many uninteresting big budget types over recent years) I hope CB agrees to do it - he'd be great!
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This is the first thread I've ever seen on AI where the first dozen or so posts were positive about whatever rumor or reports was presented in the article.  Where are the Christian Bale haters?

Bale is a horrible choice. He doesn't even have NFC or an SD card slot!! I can't even customize his face.


I think Bale has Jobs' temper down. Good choice.
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Now get Giamatti to play Woz.

Giamatti is a good choice, but I'd go with Zach Galifianakis.
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post #25 of 53

I don't think that any living actor could accurately portray Steve.  He was too complex for their meager talents.

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Bale is the best non-Daniel Day Lewis choice.
Should erase the memory of Ashton Kutcher.

Yes, hard to argue with Sorkin - Fincher - Bale. The movie may not be any good but you could hardly stack it any better. 

post #27 of 53
Daniel Day Lewis. He will get every single one of Jobs' nuances right. He'll be uncanny.

But if Bale duplicates his Patrick Bates role, then he's 98% of the way there. Minus the chainsaw and Huey Lewis.
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Daniel Day Lewis. He will get every single one of Jobs' nuances right. He'll be uncanny.

Then SJ can tell Eric Schmidt "I drink your milkshake" lol.gif
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Hmmm...I don't know.

Does anybody here think Bale has what it takes to play Steve having a tantrum?

Does he really have any experience in this area?

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lol, I'd say so.

post #30 of 53

Christian Bale is a great candidate.  But my choice would be Daniel Day-Lewis.

post #31 of 53
Didn't I see that movie with Ashton Kutcher? Not
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He'd be a great choice. He's got more than enough range to play Steve Jobs.

1) He can get emotional without consideration for another's feelings when he's focusing on perfection, like Jobs...

[see evolution's post above for video]

edit: Dammit! I just noticed @GTR and @Evilution pipped me.


2) He can lose weight to play Steve toward the end…



Edited by SolipsismX - 3/20/14 at 5:17pm

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post #33 of 53
Yes please. He's the perfect choice. Phenomenal actor.
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Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post

1) He can get emotional without consideration for another's feelings when he's focusing on perfection, like Jobs...

[see evolution's post above for video]

edit: Dammit! I just noticed @GTR and @Evilution pipped me.


2) He can lose weight to play Steve toward the end…



You are probably being faceceos but I thought this screenplay was supposed to focus on just the iPod or iPhone unveiling?
post #35 of 53
Just don't check lights "distracting" him during a scene in Terminator! Nothing but two people and green screen crap all over the place. Like that scene couldn't have been done fifty times over! A fricken' cardboard box terminator--oooohh! The light guy apologized but ASSHOLE Bale would not give it up, the PoS! Maybe had the director screamed quiet on the set, ACTION, then the light guy wouldn't have checked the lights. Of course this was after the director asked sound if all was good%u2026 I refuse to see anything that shit Bale is in. I don't care WHAT role he plays in whatever movie. Typical Hollywood douche! Name me one job outside of those asshole Hollywood types where one employee, and that was what Bale was, can ream another while telling his supervisor to shut the F' up and still have HIS job?

Screw Bale!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuJCGGTPY5w

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Just don't check lights "distracting" him during a scene in Terminator! Nothing but two people and green screen crap all over the place. Like that scene couldn't have been done fifty times over! A fricken' cardboard box terminator--oooohh! The light guy apologized but ASSHOLE Bale would not give it up, the PoS! Maybe had the director screamed quiet on the set, ACTION, then the light guy wouldn't have checked the lights. Of course this was after the director asked sound if all was good%u2026 I refuse to see anything that shit Bale is in. I don't care WHAT role he plays in whatever movie. Typical Hollywood douche! Name me one job outside of those asshole Hollywood types where one employee, and that was what Bale was, can ream another while telling his supervisor to shut the F' up and still have HIS job?

Screw Bale!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuJCGGTPY5w

That's either fake or a reenactment.
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That's either fake or a reenactment.

It's both. It's a fake video posing as being real that is attempting to reenact the scene by choreographing to the original audio.

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"...one more thing" </batman voice>

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Method actor.

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Bale is the best non-Daniel Day Lewis choice.
Should erase the memory of Ashton Kutcher.

What, the memory of Ashton Kutcher playing Steve Jobs pretending to act like Ashton Kutcher??
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