The Newsroom star Jeff Daniels may reunite with series creator and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin on Universal's Steve Jobs, with the actor being eyed to play former Apple CEO John Sculley. The actor doesn't have an official offer at this time, but one is expected to be issued soon. The Wrap reports that the actor is director Danny Boyle's top choice for the role.
John Sculley served as Apple's CEO from 1983 to 1993, and was among those in Steve Jobs' "inner circle" who met with Aaron Sorkin while he was writing the script. The story is adapted from Walter Isaacson's biography, taking place backstage before three major Apple product launches, the Mac, Apple NExT and the iPod. Matthew Modine portrayed John Sculley in the 2013 biopic Jobs.
Michael Fassbender and Seth Rogen have finalized their deals to play Apple co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, with the filmmakers now seeking an actress for the female lead, after Natalie Portman passed on the biopic yesterday. It was speculated that her role may be Steve Jobs' daughter, Lisa Bennan-Jobs, but The Wrap reports that the female lead character is former Mac marketing chief Joanna Hoffman.
Production is slated to start this spring, following an unexpected studio shift. Universal Pictures picked it up in turnaround last month, shortly after Sony Pictures dropped the adaptation. Jeff Daniels most recently starred in Dumb and Dumber To, and he is currently shooting The Martian for 20th Century Fox.