Seth Rogen is slated to play Steve "Woz" Wozniak, co-founder of Apple with Steve Jobs, in the new Danny Boyle-directed biopic "Jobs," sources told Variety. Christian Slater will play Jobs.
The screenplay, written by "The Social Network" writer Aaron Sorkin, is based on Walter Isaacson’s biography “Steve Jobs,” and centers around three big Apple product launches. Sony acquired the rights in 2011 after Jobs' death.
Wozniak, Jobs and Ronald Wayne founded Apple, and "Woz" is considered the architect of the Apple I and Apple II computer launches in the late 1970s, which were pivotal to laying the groundwork for the personal computer revolution. He left Apple in 1987.
Jobs has been the subject of two other biopics. In the 1999 made-for-TV biopic "Pirates of Silicon Valley," Jobs was played by Noah Wyle and Wozniak was played by Joey Slotnick. The 2013 film “Jobs” starred Ashton Kutcher as Jobs and Josh Gad as Wozniak and surveyed the Apple years from 1974 to 2001. Worldwide box office, reports Variety, was $36 million.
Rogen was in this year's comedy “Neighbors” and will star with James Franco in “The Interview.” Danny Boyle is the Oscar-winning director of films such as 2008's "Slumdog Millionaire" and the 1996 cult hit "Trainspotting."