A movie entitled “Jobs” will begin shooting in May with the role of Apple founder Steve Jobs played by actor Ashton Kutcher, who is a familiar eye-catcher for viewers of “That ‘70s Show” and “Two and a Half Men”.
Film industry publication Variety told CNN yesterday that the indie movie will see Kutcher filling the shoes of Jobs during the Apple founder’s early years, until his founding of the now listed ‘world’s most valuable company’.
A representative has confirmed that Kutcher had signed on for the role and will be working with Joshua Michael Stern, who directed “Swing Vote”.
Variety said the movie will chronicle Jobs’ hippie years until he co-founded Apple in 1976 with another Steve (Steve Wozniak), up to his return to the company in the late 1990’s. Movie reporter Jeff Sneider, who wrote the Variety piece, said the movie will not cover Jobs’ later years.
The film will follow Jobs’ footsteps from the time he dropped out of college, backpacked his way to India, and travelled back to the US where in 1976 he co-founded Apple in a garage.
Jobs, acclaimed as one of the century’s most successful and admired entrepreneurs, died October last year after a long struggle with cancer, but not before taking the company that he co-founded, fired him in the middle 1990s, and hired him back, straight to the top of the planet’s business world, a position it holds with incredible strength up to the present day.
The 34-year-old Kutcher, who will be playing him, is himself as tech-savvy as they come, and an early user of the social network and micro-blogging site, Twitter, where he has 10 million followers.