Aaron Sorkin Confirms Christian Bale as Steve Jobs: ‘He Didn’t Have to Audition’

“We needed the best actor,” the screenwriter says in a new interview

Christian Bale will play Steve Jobs in the upcoming biopic being penned by Aaron Sorkin for Sony Pictures. As TheWrap was first to report, Bale has long been a favorite for the role but Sorkin confirmed his involvement this week in an interview with Bloomberg TV.

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“We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that’s Chris Bale,” Sorkin said. “He didn’t have to audition. Well, there was a meeting.”

Leonardo Dicaprio was previously in talks to play the Apple founder with director Danny Boyle, who he worked with in 2000’s “The Beach.”

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“He has more words to say in this movie than most people have in three movies combined,” Sorkin said about Bale’s part in the film. “There isn’t a scene or a frame that he’s not in. So it’s an extremely difficult part and he is gonna crush it.”

Sorkin is adapting the screenplay from a biography written by Walter Isaacson, which Jobs authorized before his 2011 death. Scott Rudin and Mark Gordon are producing with Film 360’s Guymon Casady.

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Bale won an Oscar in 2011 for his supporting role in “The Fighter.” He was nominated in 2014 for “American Hustle.”