Christian Bale Backs Out of Steve Jobs Role in Upcoming Biopic

Christian Bale will not be playing Steve Jobs. Credit: Paul Zimmerman/WireImage

The latest Steve Jobs movie just encountered a major system error. Less than two weeks after news broke that Christian Bale would be playing the late Steve Jobs, the American Hustle actor has reportedly backed out of the role. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bale, 40, is no longer attached to the movie. The mag reports that the Oscar winner had "conflicting feelings" about the project, and soon decided that he was "not right for the part." 

The news of the departure follows screenwriter Aaron Sorkin's Oct. 23 announcement that Bale was booked to play the late Apple Inc. co-founder, who was previously played by Ashton Kutcher in 2013's poorly received Jobs.   

"What we needed was the best actor," Sorkin said at the time. "We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range, and that's Chris Bale… I couldn't be more excited about him. He really is a phenomenal actor… he didn't have to audition… It's an extremely difficult part and he's gonna crush it." 

Bale is the second star to distance himself from the Danny Boyle-led film. Earlier this fall, Leonardo DiCaprio discontinued talks for the role of Jobs, who passed away in 2011 at the age of 56. 

There is no word as to who would be up next for the gig. Seth Rogen is currently attached to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak