The Steve Jobs biopic starring Ashton Kutcher, which is scheduled to begin filming next month, now has a working title. “Jobs: Get Inspired” will cover the late Apple CEO’s life during the period from 1971 to 2000. Mark Hulme will produce.
The first-time producer said that, unsurprisingly, they chose Kutcher to play the role of Jobs because of his likeness to the Apple co-founder, especially during the timeframe that the movie will cover. There are few other details, but Hulme says that they will begin filming next month with plans for a Q4 release, and he’s not concerned about Sony’s own Jobs biopic — which will be at least in part based on Walter Isaacson’s recent biography — because it isn’t slated to be released for another year or two.
iClarified has some excerpts from an interview with Hulme:
Ashton Kutcher is, obviously, a huge Hollywood actor and he must have his pick of projects to choose from. First, why do you think he is your choice for playing Steve Jobs?
Since our film covers the early years of Apple, when Jobs was in his 20’s, we needed an actor who could carry not only the youthfulness of Jobs at the time but also the psychological complexity. Because of that, and Ashton’s physical similarities to Jobs, he’s perfect for our film.
Second, was it hard to get him to agree to play the role in a relatively small independent film about Jobs’ life?
When Ashton read the script he was immediately attracted to the project. He is a Steve Jobs and Apple fan, and is technologically savvy, as well, so he recognized the historical importance of Steve Jobs and the potential of the project. He is very excited to have the role.
The movie is scheduled for a fourth quarter 2012 release.