Ashton Kutcher is apparently playing the role of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. The Two and a Half Men star will play the Apple pioneer in Joshua Michael Stern’s upcoming biopic Jobs.
The notion of a Jobs-centric biopic isn’t exactly new, as Sony began developing such a film merely days after the innovator’s passing.
Joshua Michael Stern directed Jobs from a script by Matt Whiteley. The film tells the story of how Jobs dropped out of college and eventually founded one of the most influential tech companies of the 20th century. Jobs terrific supporting cast includes Josh Gad, James Woods, Matthew Modine, Dermot Mulroney, Lukas Haas, and J.K. Simmons.
After taking on the title role in his new movie Jobs, Kutcher, admits he got so into the character of Steve Jobs that it forced him into the emergency room early on in the filming process. In addition to the dietary changes, Kutcher lost 18 pounds for the role and personified Jobs in various other ways, getting deep into who the man was other than just in the public eye.
Kutcher said that he is immensely proud of his work in Jobs, which he has previously described as a passion project. The star recently commented that he was initially terrified to be playing an iconic cultural figure like Jobs on the big screen.
Kutcher started by reading books and watching video and listening to people tell tales and stories about Steve Jobs. Jobs will be released on August 16 in the US, with a UK release date yet to be announced.