Apparently Christian Bale decided he was not cut out to portray the late Steve Jobs. As first reported by the Hollywood Reporter, the “American Hustle” star has dropped out of a biopic that will be directed by Oscar winner Danny Boyle, based on a script penned by another Academy Award winner, Aaron Sorkin.
It unclear how Bale’s departure from the project will affect other casting. While no deal is set in stone, Seth Rogen is in negotiations to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. The film has been on track to begin principal photography this winter.
Bale was the second actor offered the Jobs role. Leonardo DiCaprio had been on board to play the lead, until he backed out to make “The Revenant.”
Of course, Ashton Kutcher played Steve Jobs in the “Jobs” movie released in August 2013 to mostly negative reviews — rating a miserable 27 percent approval rating on the Rotten Tomatoes film criticism website. It was a big disappointment at the box office.