Christian Bale to Play Steve Jobs in Aaron Sorkin’s Jobs Biopic

Christian Bale and Steve Jobs
Christian Bale will play Steve Jobs Jamie McCarthy/WireImage; Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Stay hungry, Christian Bale, stay foolish. The American Hustle actor just booked a new big gig.

Bale, 40, will play the late Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs in an upcoming biopic, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin confirmed to Bloomberg on Thursday, Oct. 23. 

"What we needed was the best actor," Sorkin explained. "It's like the NFL draft. There are some people who make a science out of exactly the guys [they need] to draft a middle, inside linebacker who can do this… and other teams say, 'Who's the best athlete on the board.' We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range, and that's Chris Bale."

Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs
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Bale, whose credits include his turn as Batman in Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises, as well as his Oscar-winning role in 2010's The Fighter, has been rumored for the role in Sorkin's movie for months. The Social Network director David Fincher was originally attached to the upcoming film, but he was later replaced by Danny Boyle, the Oscar-winning director of Slumdog Millionaire

Jobs, who passed away in October 2011 at the age of 56, was previously brought to life on the big screen by Ashton Kutcher. Kutcher played the acclaimed innovator in 2013's Jobs, which opened to mixed reviews from critics and less-than-stellar box office numbers. 

"I couldn't be more excited about him," Sorkin continued of Bale. "He really is a phenomenal actor… he didn't have to audition… It's an extremely difficult part and he's gonna crush it." 

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