Christian Bale has decided to bail on the title role of Steve Jobs in the Danny Boyle-directed Sony Pictures production of “Jobs,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. An announcement was made last week that Seth Rogen was in talks to play Jobs’ early partner at Apple, co-founder Steve “Woz” Wozniak. Christian Bale follows Leonardo DiCaprio in considering the role of Jobs and then passing on it.
Bale, according to HR sources, ultimately decided he wasn’t right for the part. It’s unclear how this will affect the rest of the biopic's casting, including Rogen and Jessica Chastain, who was also in talks to sign onto “Jobs.”
On Oct. 23, Aaron Sorkin, who wrote the “Jobs” screenplay, told Bloomberg TV that Bale was right for the part. "We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that’s Chris Bale.”
“Jobs” will cover three of Apple’s earliest and most important product launches and dramatize the behind-the-scenes drama that led up to them. It was due to begin shooting in winter.