Well this is an interesting development to read in to. Back in April the films first director of Aaron Sorkin’s scripted Steve Jobs biopic left due to creative differences. That director was David Fincher and one of his issues was that he wanted Christian Bale in the lead role, but the studio wanted to go another way. Danny Boyle replaced Fincher as the director of the film and then Leonardo DiCaprio was tied to the lead role.
Earlier this month Leonardo DiCaprio left the role of Steve Jobs due to a scheduling conflict and now, in the midst of the Avengers: Age of Ultron madness that occurred for 24 hours, news eventually broke that Christian Bale has now been brought in to replace DiCaprio in the Steve Jobs role.
Aaron Sorkin talked about Bale playing Steve Jobs (which you can view in the video below):
What we needed was the best actor. It’s like the NFL draft. There are some people who make a science [out of it]. We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that’s Chris Bale. I couldn’t be more excited. He really is a phenomenal actor. He didn’t have to audition. There was a meeting. The role is an extremely difficult role. He has more words to say in this movie than most people have in three movies combined. There isn’t a word or frame that he’s not in. There’s a tremendous amount of language. It’s an extremely difficult part and he is gonna crush it.
Sorkin adapted the script from Walter Isaacons book Steve Jobs and is set to have three scenes only, shot in real time, focusing on Steve Jobs backstage before a product launch in them (the Mac, the NeXT and the iPod).
I can’t help but feel what this feel will be like if this actually happened the way that David Fincher wanted to with a writer he’s worked with previously before (The Social Network) along with ‘his guy’ for the Steve Jobs role in Christian Bale, rather than the last few months of unfortunate scenarios from him leaving and then DiCaprio coming in but then having to pull out. The film is thought to be being released for late 2015.