Natalie Portman is reportedly in talks to join the cast of Universal’s Steve Jobs biopic.
According to Deadline.com, the character details have not been revealed. It is, however, expected to be a major role. If the project signs Portman, it will be another positive move forward for the project that has Danny Boyle at the helm. It was believed that Sony would produce the film, but Universal picked it up on Monday.
The film is scripted by Aaron Sorkin and Michael Fassbender is being courted to play the role of the Apple genius. The film will be an adaption of the best-selling biography by Walter Isaacson. It will be produced by Scott Rudin, Christian Colson, Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady.
Portman has been a busy actress lately. The actress turned filmmaker made her directorial debut with A Tale Of Love And Darkness, which is an adaption of Israeli writer Amos Oz’s memoir. Portman also stars in the film. Portman is also the producer on Burr Steers’ Jane Austen tale, Pride and Predudice and Zombies. She stars in Gavin O’Connors upcoming film, Jane Got A Gun.
Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin said that one of Jobs’ daughters, Lisa Nicole Brennan, was a heroine in the biopic.
“In the case of Steve Jobs, it’s the relationships he had – particularly with his daughter, Lisa – that drew me to it. She didn’t participate in Walter Isaacson’s book, because her father was alive at the time, and she didn’t want to alienate either of her parents, so I was very grateful that she was willing to spend time with me. She is the heroine of the movie.”
Slashfilm.com reports that Danny Boyle will be directing, and Michael Fassbender will play Jobs. Reportedly, Portman will be joining the cast soon.
Portman, 33 is the right age to play Jobs’ daughter, who is now 36. There is no doubt that if the Oscar winner comes aboard, it will be for a major role.
The Boyle directed, Sorkin scripted film has run into some problems lately. The projects original studio, Sony, dropped the film. Fortunately, it was picked up by Universal. It is uncommon for such a prestigious project to see such treatment, which indicates that there may be production issues.
With Portman potentially signing on and teaming with Fassbender and Seth Rogen, who is already attached to play Steve Wozniak, the film will have a formidable cast and production team.