Ashton Kutcher to Play Steve Jobs in Biopic

Ashton Kutcher and Steve Jobs Credit: Jordan Strauss/; Justin Sullivan/Getty

Ashton's Oscar-hopeful moment?

Ashton Kutcher will play Steve Jobs, the late, visionary founder of Apple, in Jobs, a new independent biopic to be directed by Joshua Michael Stern, Variety reported Sunday.

The film will follow Jobs' unexpected rise to become perhaps the most iconic, beloved tech entrepreneur of the current era. The man who introduced the iPod, iPhone, iPad, iTunes and a host of other life-changing technological innovations to the world died of pancreatic cancer last October at age 56 in Palo Alto, Calif.

Although Two and a Half Men star Kutcher, 34, is mostly known for his goofy, comedic, hunky roles in TV and film, he's also one of the most tech-savvy celebrities in Hollywood -- an early adopter of Twitter with over 10 million followers, Demi Moore's ex-husband invests in and heads up several tech companies.

Sony Pictures is also developing a rival Steve Jobs project, based on writer Walter Isaacson's acclaimed, bestselling biography.

Kutcher will shoot the film while on hiatus for Two and a Half Men.

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