Christian Bale Steve Jobs (image 001)

Following the confirmation that he was going to play Steve Jobs in an upcoming Sony movie about Apple’s legendary co-founder, actor Christian Bale has reportedly changed his mind and pulled out of the upcoming project deciding he was “not right for the part,” according to a report Monday by The Hollywood Reporter.

This marks another high-profile actor who decided against portraying Apple’s mercurial co-founder after Leonardo DiCaprio earlier this year passed on the Steve Jobs role after weeks of discussions with the producers.

The unexpected development arrives less than two weeks after screenwriter Aaron Sorkin told Bloomberg Television’s Emily Chang in no ambiguous terms that the British actor, 40 years old, was picked as “the best actor on the board in a certain age range,” Sorkin said.

“Sources say Bale, after much deliberation and conflicting feelings, came to the conclusion he was not right for the part and decided to withdraw,” The Hollywood Reporter writes.

He’s ”gonna crush it,” the screenwriter said in the Bloomberg TV interview embedded below. “There isn’t a scene or a frame that he’s not in,” he added explaining how playing Steve Jobs in the Sony biopic that is being directed by Danny Boyle is no easy task.

The movie was on track to begin shooting this winter for a quick turnaround, sources told The Hollywood Reporter. Actor Seth Rogen is said to be in talks to play the other Steve, Steve Wozniak, but no official offer has been made yet.

Jessica Chastain from “The Help” is thought to be considered for an unspecified role in the film. With the leading role up for grabs, it’ll be interesting seeing who might portray Apple’s late co-founder and CEO.

Here are Seth Rogen and Christian Bale as Apple’s two Steves, their heads superimposed (above) on the iconic Apple photo (below), via GadgetLove.


I’m a huge fan of Christian Bale’s work and have no doubt in my mind that he would have played an amazing Steve Jobs. Not only do Jobs and Bale look alike, the actor’s adaptive physique is just amazing.

Case in point: an astounding transformation he underwent for the lead role in The Machinist, a 2004 psychological thriller about a machinist whose insomnia has led to him becoming frighteningly emaciated, as seen below.


Who do you think should play Jobs in the Sony biopic?

[The Hollywood Reporter via MacRumors]

  • nonchalont

    Me. 😉

  • Anthony Antunez

    I hope they get someone new. I’m tired of seeing the same actors over and over again playing roles they don’t really fit into but are cast just because the studios know they will bring in the money. Give someone else a chance to prove themselves. Christian Bale would have been great and we all know he’s a fantastic actor but I think we need an unfamiliar face who we won’t be distracted by and we can just see the character. Look at the other jOBS movie. All I saw was Ashton Kutcher doing a bad Steve Jobs impression the whole movie.

    • Cody

      Hollywood is like the Apple business, man. They recycle actors as they become cheaper for a company.

  • El Matador

    Jim Caviezel

  • NeftyCorrea

    I hope Ashton kutcher plays his role witch he play excellent in the movie JOBS

    • Maxim∑

      good one!

  • iRy757

    I liked Ashton Kutcher portraying Steve.

  • Martynet

    Bill Murray

  • Peke Went

    Brad Pitt? Robert Downey? Johnny Depp? Tom Cruise maybe?

  • Parker Crain

    Looks like Christian Baled 😉

    • iRy757

      Have an up vote my friend. You deserve it.

  • Rares

    No one is good enough to play as Steve

  • Jason Baroni

    Shut up and bring Ashton Kucther back for something bigger like this. The guy is good as Steve Jobs!

  • Martynet

    Zach Galifianakis should be Steve Wozniak 😀

  • Martynet

    And now seriously… I actually think that Aaron Taylor-Johnson would be very good as Steve Jobs. He did a very good job on John Lennon’s character I think.

  • Seems to me like the script isn’t strong at all. No reason for them to be losing so many big name actors otherwise.

  • Tommy

    Get Tim Cook to portray Steve. Then guest star as Tim Cook himself in the later parts of the movie.

    • BoardDWorld

      Tim Cook is far too much of a softy. Christian Bale would have been great for the part. Like someone else said a new face would be good.

  • Fardeen Beharry

    i can see cody shouting ” Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo”

  • Marcus

    I feel like Johnny Depp might be a good contestant for this job…

  • Antzboogie

    Something is going on maybe the script is not actually matching his life.

  • n0ahcruz3

    Ok fine I’ll audition lol

  • Keith Neal

    I swear, no one wants to be Steve Jobs…