Variety reports actor Christian Bale is in talks to play the leading role in Sony’s upcoming Steve Jobs biopic. Negotiations with Bale are said to have begun following Leonardo DiCaprio’s withdrawal from negotiations.
The film, based on Walter Isaacson’s “Steve Jobs” biography, has a screenplay penned by Aaron Sorkin of “The West Wing” fame, and is set to be directed by Danny Boyle, who also directed the movie “Slumdog Millionaire.”
Sorkin has said the movie will be divided into three scenes, each taking place backstage before one of Apple’s famous product launches.
“The first one being the Mac,” he told the Daily Beast. “The second one being NeXT, after he had left Apple. And the third one being the iPod.”
Bale is known for the lengths he will go to in stepping into his roles. In his role in “The Machinist,” Bale lost over 60 pounds for his role as a machinist whose insomnia has led to him becoming emaciated.
When filming on The Machinist was complete, he had just six weeks to regain mass for his lead role in “Batman Begins.” People Magazine reports the actor ate a high-carb diet and went through daily three-hour training sessions to gain 60 pounds of muscle, eventually adding on another 39 pounds during filming of the superhero epic.