When you think of Ashton Kutcher, you probably think of television shows like Two and a Half Men, That 70s Show, or films like Dude, Where is My Car? (2000). His goofy antics and comedic presence make him a perfect fit for those scripts, so when it was announced that he would take the lead role in the upcoming biopic Jobs, many were shocked. Steve Jobs, after all, was one of the biggest business moguls in the history of North America, and the Apple brand he founded is the possibly the most successful on the planet. Steve Jobs was an entrepreneur who spent the majority of his life conducting business, and it is therefore no surprise that the selection of Kutcher is questionable.
Produced by Five-Star Institute, Jobs will be released on April 19th, and the film will tell the story of how a college dropout made it into the business elite. Much like 2010’s Social Network, Jobs will take a behind-the-scenes look at the businessman and cultural icon. Fans familiar with the name but unfamiliar with the man, are sure to gain a better understanding of a man dedicated to his business. The film will also dive deeply in Jobs’ personal life, revealing the family, friends, and colleagues that helped shape him. How did he become “The Father of the Digital Revolution” after dropping out of college? How did Apple take shape? Where did he even get started? These are questions that audiences are asking, and the film will (hopefully) provide answers.
How Kutcher will handle the role given to him will be one of the most anticipated storylines of the new film season. Early critical reviews have hinted that Kutcher may not have the acting range to pull off such a character. We will see come April, but with the lack of hype the film is getting, it would not surprise me to see average review scores across the board. Aside from Kutcher, Jobs will star Josh Gad (1600 Penn), Amanda Crew (Charlie St. Cloud), James Woods (Casino), Matthew Modine (The Dark Knight Rises), and Lesley Ann Warren (In Plain Sight). Jobs will be directed by Joshua Michael Stern, whose most recent credits include 2007’s The Contractor and 2008’s Swing Vote.
Those familiar with Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography Steve Jobs will no doubt be familiar with the content of the movie. The film will certainly capitalize on the popularity of the Apple brand, but early indications are that Jobs will serve as a fitting tribute to the man behind the company. Ashton told USA Today that he spent months researching the Apple Co-founder, and it will be exciting to see how it is reflected in his performance.
Jobs is being distributed by Open Road Films, and will carry an MPAA rating of PG-13. Some reviews of the film are already available, but more will come as we get closer to the movie’s April launch. Until then, check back here for the latest news, inside reports, trailers, pictures, and videos.
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