The “Two and a Half Men” star Ashton Kutcher is attached to play Apple icon in “Jobs,” an indie film from “Swing Vote” director Joshua Michael Stern, according to The Huff Post.
Variety writes that the movie will chronicle Steve Jobs from wayward hippie to co-founder of Apple, where he became one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of our time.
The film is financed and produced by Five Star Institute’s Mark Hulme and is skedded to start production in May while Kutcher will be on hiatus from his hit CBS series.
CNet suggests many will wonder whether Kutcher could possibly harbor the full range of emotions required to deliver as nuanced a character as Jobs.
There are more possible questions that may arise. Does Kutcher have the rage inside those usually kind eyes? Does he have the ability to stare down detractors and dismiss them with a superior scowl?
However Kutcher who was last seen in Garry Marshall’s ensemble pic “New Year’s Eve” and the romantic comedy “No Strings Attached,” earned strong notices for his more serious turns in David Mackenzie’s sex dramedy “Spread” and Emilio Estevez’s historical drama “Bobby.”
After Jobs’ death in October, Kutcher took to Twitter to mourn the loss of the Apple visionary.
Ashton Kutcher joined the cast of “Two and a Half Men” after Charlie Sheen was fired from the series. The deal was only for one year and Kutcher has yet to sign on for Season 10 of the hit CBS series.
According to several reports, Kutcher could get a raise to $1 million an episode in comparison to current $700,000 an episode. The former “That 70s Show” star seemed keen to sign on for another season.
In March, Kutcher said he was unsure of his future with the show, but seemed hopeful.
“I haven’t heard from the powers that be yet,” Kutcher said. “Right now, I want to work with these guys.”
Joshua Michael Stern, who made his debut with the 2005 Aaron Eckhart vehicle “Neverwas,” has directed Disney’s 2008 election comedy “Swing Vote,” toplined by Kutcher’s “The Guardian” co-star Kevin Costner.
Next up for Stern is Stone Village’s “Carnaval,” with John Cusack and Johnny Knoxville. There will be some, even many, who will think this must be an April Fools’ joke.
Jeff Sneider, the writer of the Variety story, insists that his revelation is utterly true.
Sneider tweeted: “Guys, do you REALLY think the top @Variety brass & my editors would let me post an APRIL FOOL’S DAY joke on the homepage? Uh… no.”
He has even asked Kutcher for confirmation by retweeting his story: “@APlusK Mr. Kutcher, I just broke what may be the biggest film role of your career… Do me a solid & hook a brotha up with a RT?!?”
In addition to both CAA and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern, Kutcher and Stern are respectively repped by Untitled Entertainment and 3 Arts Entertainment.
Sony Pictures is currently developing its own Steve Jobs movie, based on the bestselling biography by Walter Isaacson.