Christian Bale drops out of Steve Jobs biopic
Christian Bale has withdrawn from the new biopic of Apple founder Steve Jobs.
The actor had looked nailed on to play the role of Jobs, with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin openly speaking about his casting in interviews, but it now seems that he has had a change of heart and withdrawn.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, sources told them that Bale "after much deliberation and conflicting feelings, came to the conclusion he was not right for the part and decided to withdraw. The script is said to be divided into three acts that detail Jobs preparing for three presentations that came to define his life and the life of the company he co-founded, lost and came back to."
Seth Rogen had been thought to be in line to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, with Jessica Chastain also linked with a high-profile role. It is unknown how Bale's withdrawl will affect either casting decision.
The new biopic will be directed by Danny Boyle, from a screenplay by Sorkin. Bale is the second high-profile actor to drop out of the role, after Leonardo DiCaprio broke off talks to play Jobs earlier this year.
There has been one biopic of Jobs already released, simply titled Jobs, it starred Ashton Kutcher and was released in 2013.