Natalie Portman has decided to pass on the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, according to a new report from Variety. Portman was said to be in talks for a lead female role in the movie, either as Jobs’ daughter Lisa or former Mac marketing chief Joanna Hoffman.
Additionally, The Wrap reports today that Universal Pictures is eyeing Jeff Daniels for the role of former Apple CEO John Sculley. If he signs on to the project, Daniels would join fellow Newsroom alumni in writer Aaron Sorkin and producer Scott Rudin.
These are just a few of the developments we’ve seen in recent weeks regarding the Jobs film. Leaked Sony Pictures documents have revealed a lot of behind-the-scenes details, including who Sorkin wanted to play Jobs and what happened to director David Fincher.
Following the departure of Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale, actor Michael Fassbender is currently attached to play Steve Jobs. Comedian Seth Rogen is said to be playing Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, and Academy Award-winner David Boyle is still set to direct.
Despite the casting and studio woes, Variety says that “Jobs” is on track to make its 2015 production date.