Natalie Portman Won’t Star in the Steve Jobs Biopic After All
Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs biopic has certainly become one of the most troubled productions in recent memory: After replacing a director, losing two leading men, and switching studios from Sony to Universal, the upcoming film has hit another bump in the road. Natalie Portman, who entered negotiations to star in the untitled Jobs biopic just before Thanksgiving, has decided to take a pass.
Variety reports that Portman has declined the offer to play the female lead in the Steve Jobs biopic, which is based on the biography of the famed Apple CEO by Walter Isaacson. Portman isn’t the first thespian to back out of the film: Leonardo DiCaprio was previously attached to star in the leading role of Steve Jobs, but reportedly backed out to focus on filming Alejandro González Iñárritu’s ‘The Revenant’ with Tom Hardy. DiCaprio was followed by Christian Bale, who was in talks to take DiCaprio’s place before ultimately declining the offer.
The Jobs biopic is currently set to star Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs and Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak. Danny Boyle is still set to direct (having replaced previous director David Fincher—are you keeping up with all of this?) from a script by Aaron Sorkin. Production should still begin as planned in the spring, as Universal has already started looking for another actress to replace Portman.
With this movie’s bumpy production history, a delay is starting to seem like a possibility.