Natalie Portman declines role in Steve Jobs biopic

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in General Discussion edited November 2015
It appears another big-name actor has passed on the opportunity to work on Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs movie, as Natalie Portman is no longer in talks to play the female lead.

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According to Variety, Portman, who was in talks to join the cast of Universal's forthcoming Jobs film before Thanksgiving, has passed on a lead part thought to be the role of Jobs' daughter Lisa.

That leaves Michael Fassbender in the title role, with Seth Rogen set to play Steve Wozniak. Director Danny Boyle is said to be running with a script penned by Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin based on the official Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson. Producers include Scott Rudin, Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady.

Portman is the latest star to pass on the Jobs movie, following departures by Christian Bale, Leonardo DiCaprio and director David Fincher.

In a related development, internal documents leaked from high-profile hack of Sony's network show box office forecasts fell some 25 percent when DiCaprio checked out, reports Fusion.

Most recently, Sony Pictures dumped the film last month after first picking up rights to Isaacson's book shortly after Jobs died in 2011. The project changed hands to Universal, which quickly took over less than a week later.

The publication says production is still on track for spring 2015.
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  • Reply 1 of 59
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 12,969member
    So get Keira Knightly, she's just as pretty, and a better actress.
  • Reply 2 of 59
    gtrgtr Posts: 3,231member
    If they need another girl then maybe Justin Bieber is available?
  • Reply 3 of 59

    Maybe just forget about the whole thing - these things are always unrealistic and at best entertaining.

  • Reply 4 of 59
    This biopic is often referred to as 'troubled' by the media these days.

    And I wonder, why? I don't think I've heard a good reason why so many of the main actors have committed to it, and then dropped-out.

    Too much pressure impersonating a tech-god and his family? Is Steve Jobs not likable for an American movie-going audience?

    Lousy/tyrannical/non-team-player director(s), other actors, production company, etc?

    Not enough money?

    Perhaps because only Apple-owners will go to see it?

    Is this movie cursed?
  • Reply 5 of 59

    bitc*! :smokey:

  • Reply 6 of 59
    quadra 610quadra 610 Posts: 6,741member

    She knows what all the other SJ biopic drop-outs know:

     

    It's not a comic-book superhero/JJ Abrams movie.

     

    There won't be any insane camera shake, nor any lens flare.

     

    You'll be able to see things.

     

    We can't have that, now can we. 

  • Reply 7 of 59
    crowleycrowley Posts: 5,614member
    Kill it already. I can't imagine any good film has come out of such a crappy gestation.
  • Reply 8 of 59
    crowleycrowley Posts: 5,614member
    dasanman69 wrote: »
    So get Keira Knightly, she's just as pretty, and a better actress.
    Interesting that pretty comes first.
  • Reply 9 of 59
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 8,360member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Crowley View Post





    Interesting that pretty comes first.



    You're surprised that a male would comment on the appearance of a female before mentioning other things?

  • Reply 10 of 59
    Just as well. One of the most ridiculously overrated actors of her generation.
  • Reply 11 of 59
    Guys, these actors are just "attached" to a project. Unless they've signed a contract to appear in the film, they can back out at any time. Their participation is usually conditional and simply indicates interest. Reasons for pulling out can include schedule conflicts, or competing obligations, as well as disagreements over pay and creative control. This is the normal way Hollywood works. We're just hearing about every turn of the screw because AI seems to have taken an interest in reporting it.
  • Reply 12 of 59
    They should be looking for actors, not stars. With Aaron Sorkin's name on it, you got enough star-power to give this film a high profile. Chasing celebrities to try and increase audience is foolish. People who would see this fim because the latest pop phenom is in it will be very disappointed. They should market it as an independent film and cast great working actors who may be unknown now, but will have a chance to become better known as a result of this quality writing.
  • Reply 13 of 59
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dasanman69 View Post



    So get Keira Knightly, she's just as pretty, and a better actress.



    That's like picking the lesser of two evils. No thanks to both Portman & Knightly

  • Reply 14 of 59
    crowleycrowley Posts: 5,614member
    apple ][ wrote: »

    You're surprised that a male would comment on the appearance of a female before mentioning other things?
    Nope. Interesting, not surprising. Depressingly.

    Actually, not interesting at all.
  • Reply 15 of 59
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 12,969member
    crowley wrote: »
    Nope. Interesting, not surprising. Depressingly.

    Actually, not interesting at all.

    I choose pretty first because it's their most prevalent trait. They're more pretty than talented actress.
  • Reply 16 of 59
    crowleycrowley Posts: 5,614member
    Sure. The Academy gives out awards for being pretty.
  • Reply 17 of 59

    This is all dumb inside baseball stuff that goes on for every movie. Nobody gave a damn when Wil Smith turned down The Matrix, yet a movie came out anyway.

  • Reply 18 of 59
    tundraboytundraboy Posts: 1,593member
    Just as well. One of the most ridiculously overrated actors of her generation.

    Hear, hear!
  • Reply 19 of 59
    chris_cachris_ca Posts: 2,543member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by decondo View Post

     

    Maybe just forget about the whole thing - these things are always unrealistic and at best entertaining.


    Yeah, movies are supposed to be entertaining… :no:

  • Reply 20 of 59
    I would prefer to see a tv documentary about the story of Apple. That way, you can draw upon the hours and hours of video footage at will.
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