According to the Hollywood Reporter, DiCaprio had been on track to play the Apple co-founder after completing work on The Revenant, the western directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu that is currently in production. However, DiCaprio has now pulled out of the Jobs film, with the Reporter suggesting he plans to take a long break from acting.
This untitled project has been in the works for some time, with a script from Aaron Sorkin that will reportedly focus on three significant episodes in Jobs’ life. At one stage it looked as if producers had secured David Fincher – who had worked with Sorkin on The Social Network – as director, with Christian Bale the first choice for the lead role. However, agreement with Fincher could not be finalised, with sources suggesting fees and creative control were sticking points, leaving the way clear for Boyle to get involved. Producers also had to contend with a rival biopic, starring Ashton Kutcher, which was released to little acclaim in 2013 in the US (though not, as yet, in the UK).
Now, however, a new search for a lead actor will have to be instituted, with Bale reportedly alongside Matt Damon and Bradley Cooper at the top of the shopping list.
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