Natalie Portman has entered negotiations to star in the Steve Jobs biopic. Michael Fassbender and Seth Rogen are still in talks to play Apple co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. The project recently moved to Universal Pictures after Sony Pictures dropped it last week.
No details were given for Natalie Portman's character, but she is said to have a major role. It seems likely that the actress may be playing Lisa Bennan-Jobs, the daughter of Steve Jobs who screenwriter Aaron Sorkin revealed earlier this month is the "heroine" of the biopic. While Steve Jobs initially denied that Lisa was his daughter, he still ended up naming one of his earlier computers, the Apple-Lisa, after her. They later re-connected, with Lisa spending her teenage years living with her father.
Steve Jobs later paid for his daughter, now 36, to attend Harvard, which, coincidentally, was around the same time that Natalie Portman was enrolled at the Ivy League school. Lisa Bennan-Jobs did not participate in the Walter Isaacson biography that the film is based on, but Aaron Sorkin said that he spent time with her while writing the script. It isn't known how she will fit into the story at this time, which will take place backstage at three of Apple's biggest product launches, the Mac, Apple NExT and the original iPod.
Danny Boyle is directing from Aaron Sorkin's script, with Scott Rudin, Christian Colson, Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady producing. It isn't known when production will begin. Natalie Portman will next be seen in Jane Got a Gun.