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Producer Explains Why Ashton Kutcher Was Cast as Steve Jobs

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It was inevitable that a biopic on Steve Jobs would be made at some point within a year or two after his passing. Now producer Mark Hulme is speaking out about casting Ashton Kutcher in the lead role and more information on what part of Jobs’ life the movie will focus on.

The first thing we want to know is during what part of Steve Jobs’ lifetime is the movie going to be focusing on? It’s said to be centering on his life between 1971 to 2000, basically around thirty years of his life which includes the early years of Apple. Many things happened with the company between those thirty years, it’ll be interesting to see how exactly they’ll squeeze that into a two hour movie.

Seeing Apple’s early years also means that we’ll be seeing appearances from some of the other co-founders of the company. They’re currently out casting people for those roles at the moment.

Easily one of the most head scratching things about this Steve Jobs biopic is the fact that they cast none other than funny man Ashton Kutcher to play him. Why did they do that? Mark Hulme explains their reasoning (via /Film):

“Since our film covers the early years of Apple, when Jobs was in his 20′s, we needed an actor who could carry not only the youthfulness of Jobs at the time but also the psychological complexity. Because of that, and Ashton’s physical similarities to Jobs, he’s perfect for our film. (…) When Ashton read the script he was immediately attracted to the project. He is a Steve Jobs and Apple fan, and is technologically savvy, as well, so he recognized the historical importance of Steve Jobs and the potential of the project. He is very excited to have the role.”

One can easily look the part, but can Kutcher act out the role with ease? He’s only known for his comedic work on ‘That 70′s Show’ and ‘Two and a Half Men.’ What exactly did he do in order to land this role? Is he the first actor to successfully pull the Jedi mind trick on producers? Who knows. We’ll just have to see whether or not his acting skills are really that impressive when we start seeing footage for this movie.

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