Natalie Portman Joins Michael Fassbender in the Steve Jobs Biopic
Just a few days ago, there was concern that the planned Steve Jobs biopic might not even exist any more. Sony Pictures, who had originally hired Oscar-winner Aaron Sorkin to write the script, had officially passed on the project and put it in turnaround, meaning any other studio could pick it up. Studios usually don’t just let their movies go to rival studios unless they’re really, really sure they don’t want it, so there was concern that whatever was wrong with this movie was seriously wrong. But, Universal quickly moved to snatch up the rights and are putting the project on the fast track. Now, in addition to Michael Fassbender as Jobs himself, the studio has set Natalie Portman to star in the film.
It’s unclear at this point which roles Portman will be playing. Originally Jessica Chastain had met with Christian Bale about a lead female role in the film, later thought to be the role of Jobs’ assistant. But, Sorkin has since said that Jobs’ estranged daughter, Lisa, is the “heroine” of the story. “In the case of Steve Jobs, it’s the relationships he had — particularly with his daughter, Lisa — that drew me to it,” Sorkin told The Independents. In fact, Lisa didn’t participate in Walter Isaacson’s book (that the film is partially based on), but did meet with Sorkin after her father died to contribute to the script. While we don’t know for sure, Lisa Brennan-Jobs does have a Natalie Portman thing going on.
As previously reported, the biopic will take place in three acts over three product launches:
This entire movie is going to be three scenes, and three scenes only, that all take place in real time. There’ll be no time cuts. Each of these three scenes is going to take place before a product launch…The first one being the Mac, the second one being NeXT after he left Apple and the third one being the iPod.
Universal has yet to set a release date, but expect a prime awards season slot in 2015.