‘jOBS’ Biopic: Sundance Premieres Include Ashton Kutcher’s Steve Jobs Film

Kutcher stars in “Jobs,” a biographical look at the career of Jobs from wayward hippie to charismatic inventor and entrepreneur, which Sundance said Monday will officially close the indie film festival.

This promo image appeared Monday on the website of the Sundance Film Festival, which is scheduled to run from Jan. 17 to Jan. 27 in Park City, Utah. The organizers of Sundance have also announced that “jOBS” biopic will be the fest’s closing event. Photo: Glen Wilson/Sundance Film Festival

If any of you Apple fans have warm, fuzzy memories of the man who introduced the company’s iconic products to the world, we recommend that you turn away from your computer.

The film, starring Ashton Kutcher, is one of several projects in the festival’s noncompetition Premieres section that is top lined by a mainstream star.

Since Kutcher’s casting in jOBS was revealed in April, interest in the project has steadily grown. TheJoshua Michael Stern-directed biopic was written by Matt Whiteley and also features Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons and Matthew Modine.

Making it Sundance’s closing-night film was a shrewd move because it likely will ensure that plenty of film buyers, executives and agents stick around until the festival’s end in order to take in the movie, the Hollywood Reporter says.

The true story of one of the greatest entrepreneurs in American history, jOBS chronicles the defining 30 years of Steve Jobs’ life. jOBS is a candid, inspiring and personal portrait of the one who saw things differently.

This promo image appeared Monday on the website of the Sundance Film Festival, which is scheduled to run from Jan. 17 to Jan. 27 in Park City, Utah.

Other projects feature Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (all three appear in Don Jon’s Addiction), Shia LaBeouf (The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman) and Amanda Seyfried (Lovelace).

If Kutcher as Jobs is giving you a bout of déjà vu, it should. The photo is based on a nearly identical picture of the man himself, circa 1981-82.

Ashton Kutcher shows off his incredible makeover for the role of the late Apple founder. (Old fashioned hair and makeup are to thank for Kutcher’s eerie resemblance to the tech visionary, who passed away in October 2011.)

Festival director John Cooper believes Kutcher’s portrayal of the enigmatic Apple co-founder will resonate with viewers. “Ashton Kutcher’s performance I thought was quite remarkable,” Cooper said. “It’s a very formidable performance, and it seemed like he really tried to grasp all the nuances of who Steve Jobs was.”

According to the US Magazine, last month, Kutcher’s costar Josh Gad (who plays Jobs’ Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak) opened up about how the That ’70s Show alum, 34, has fared so far on set.

“Ashton is going to blow a lot of people away,” Gad, 31, said at the BAFTA Britannia Awards in L.A. Nov. 7. “His performance was absolutely transformational.”

He added: “If he looked any more like Steve Jobs, I think it would just confuse a lot of people . .. It’s that uncanny.”

Sundance, the top US film festival for independent cinema held in Park City, Utah, unveiled the premieres (which includes 18 films this year)section – which typically feature more established directors – after it announced its competition films last week.

John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, said, “We are pleased to see a number of returning filmmakers in our Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections, indicating that there is sustainability, longevity and personal reward to careers in independent film.

The films announced today build on each filmmaker’s personal artistic legacy and contribute to the ever-growing and inspiring achievements of the independent film community.”

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