How many Hollywood actors look exactly like Steve Jobs? Currently two, as the German actor Michael Fassbender will soon take on the role the technology genius in a new biopic about Jobs’ life.
We get a first look at Fassbender as Jobs in a teaser for the upcoming film, called “Steve Jobs.” The one minute, ten second clip shows Fassbender in character, standing on a stage at what appears to be an Apple product launch, dressed in Jobs’ iconic outfit: black mock turtleneck, blue jeans and New Balance sneakers.
Currently, details about the film remain scarce, but events in the picture surround three major Apple product launches, the final one being the unveiling of the iMac computer in 1998, according to Universal Pictures. In addition to Fassbender, the film features a star studded cast, including Kate Winslet as Joanna Hoffman, the former head of marketing at Macintosh, Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniack, Jeff Daniels of “The Newsroom,” as former Apple CEO John Sculley and Michael Stuhlbarg of “Boardwalk Empire” as Andy Hertzfeld, one of the original developers of the Mac computer.
“Steve Jobs” was written by Aaron Sorkin, known for the film “The Social Network” and Danny Boyle of “Slumdog Millionaire” fame. The film saw several roadblocks in its early development and many actors, directors and writers were considered and dropped from the project before the current cast and staff was finalized. Details about the film were also leaked during the Sony Hack in November 2014, which caused production to be further delayed.
Steve Jobs died Oct. 5, 2011 after a battling pancreatic cancer. Following his death, actor Ashton Kutcher played him in the 2013 film “Jobs,” which followed parts of Jobs’ life surrounding the founding of Apple as a company through to the launch of the iPod in 2011. Kutcher was acclaimed in the film for his resemblance to a young Steve Jobs. The upcoming film, however, follows a time frame between 1984 and 1998.
“Steve Jobs” is slated for release on Oct. 9 in the U.S., four days after the anniversary of Jobs’ death.