The casting for Aaron Sorkin’s upcoming Steve Jobs biopic is back to square one after the award-winning actor Christian Bale bailed himself out of the biopic.

Best known for his role as Batman in the Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Bale won’t play the famed Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in Sorkins’ upcoming biopic. Despite not having to audition for the role, sources told The Hollywood Reporter that Bale felt conflicted and concluded that he was not right for the part.

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Previously, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (of The Social Network fame) enthusiastically confirmed that Bale will play Steve Jobs in Sony’s upcoming biopic about the famed Apple co-founder. “We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that’s Chris Bale,” said Sorkin during an interview with Bloomberg Television on 23rd Oct.

This is the second time a high-profile actor has dropped out of Steve Jobs biopic as Leonardo DiCaprio received an offer from Sony to play the role as well. However, the actor rejected the role and moved on to shoot an upcoming American western thriller film, “The Revenant”. Bale earlier received the offer to play Steve Jobs as well when renowned director David Finch was attached to helm the project.

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As of now, it was only reported “Neighbours” actor Seth Rogen is in talks to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. He will be one of the most important roles in the biopic as the script is said to be divided 3 acts, detailing Jobs’ life and his journey in co-founding the company.

However, no official offer has been made for Seth Rogen yet and Bale’s departure might affect the casting. Set to be directed by Danny Boyle (of Slumdog Millionaire), the film does not have an official title and release date yet.

Now, don’t blame Bale for quitting the film because he once said “It’s not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me.” Who do you think can play Steve Jobs in the upcoming biopic? Let us know in the comments box below!


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