Ashton Kutcher may not be the first person you think of who could play Steve Jobs in a film, but Variety is reporting that this is no April Fool's joke.
The site broke the news yesterday, insisting that it was too good of a lead to wait until after the prankster holiday. The indie film, titled "Jobs," will cover the roller coaster life of the iconic tech giant who passed away last October at the age of 56 from pancreatic cancer. The film will be directed by Joshua Michael Stern.
"Five Star Institute's Mark Hulme is financing and will produce the pic, which is skedded to start production in May while Kutcher is on hiatus from his hit CBS series. CAA, which reps both Kutcher and Stern, will represent the pic's domestic distribution rights."
While the reaction to this news has been less than positive, Kutcher does bear a striking resemblance to a young Jobs. It's also worth noting his business passions outside of acting, which have included various tech startups and social media engagements. I'm more of a Noah Wyle fan myself (who played Steve Jobs perfectly in the television biopic "Pirates of Silicon Valley"), but perhaps Sony Pictures has already scooped him for its own film about Jobs based on the bestselling book by Walter Isaacson.
What do you think about this news? Will Kutcher pull it off?
Check out a video of Wyle imitating Jobs at the opening of the 1999 Macworld.