Somewhere in Hollywood, Ashton Kutcher is trying on a black mock turtleneck. Variety has reported that the actor, producer, and angel investor will now play the late Steve Jobs in a film about the Apple CEO.
Last seen replacing Charlie Sheen on CBS’ “Two and a Half Men,” Ashton Kutcher is best known for comedic roles like his stoner character on “That 70’s Show” and his pranks on the reality show “Punk’d.” While the actor has worked on serious films like “Bobby” (Emilio Estevez’s historical drama about the assassination of U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy), the staying power of “Dude, Where’s My Car?” is pretty hard to deny.
What Kutcher has going for him that many actors do not is a second life as an Internet celebrity and a demonstrable interest in technology. With more than 10 million Twitter followers and a Klout score of 78, the actor is currently ranked third on the Washington Post’s list of “Most Innovative Celebrities in Digital Media.” Katalyst Media, the production company he co-founded with Jason Goldberg, signed a deal with AOL to produce videos for distribution on AOL.com and AIM in 2006. Since then, Kutcher has also invested in numerous technology-based companies like Airbnb, Path, and Fab.
The actor probably has much glossier hair than Steve Jobs ever did, but he also knows what it’s like to be an artist with a business to run. If the film is anything like Walter Isaacson’s authorized account of the founder’s life, the plot will be more realistic than just about everything that happened in “The Social Network” and will hopefully include a dramatic moment when Kutcher-as-Jobs gets into it with Google’s Eric Schmidt over the Android.
Directed by Joshua Michael Stern (“Swing Vote”) and adapted for the screen by Matt Whiteley, “Jobs” will start production in May.
[Update: “Jobs” is not affiliated with Isascson’s book. Sony is working on its own film adaptation.)
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