/steve-jobs-movie-biopic-cast-christian-bale/Last Week it was confirmed by screenwriter Aaron Sorkin that Christian Bale was set to play Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Today, it has been announced that the actor has pulled out at the last minute and is no longer interested in the project.

After much deliberation and conflicted feelings, Christian Bale decided to leave the project after he came to the conclusion that he simply wasn't right for the role. He soon decided to part ways with the production and withdraw. The film is set to be directed by Danny Boyle. Steve Jobs was on tract to begin shooting this winter. It is not known how much the schedule will shift now that the movie has lost it's second leading man in two months.

Leonardo DiCaprio was originally in talks for the starring role, before he bowed out in early October. At the time of his departure, Matt Damon, Bradley Cooper and Ben Affleck were also mentioned as possible candidates. Though, Ben Affleck's involvement seems unlikely since he just signed onto star in The Accountant.

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Danny Boyle is meeting with actors and actresses for the movie this week, with Seth Rogen in talks to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, but no official offer has been made yet. It is unclear how Christian Bale's departure will affect the casting already in place.

Steve Jobs will be split into three acts, with each one detailing three separate presentations that helped defines his life and his career at Apple. In an October 23 interview with Aaron Sorkin, the writer commented:

"We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that's Chris Bale. He didn't have to audition. Well, there was a meeting."

Neither Leonardo DiCaprio nor Christian Bale had ever officially begun negotiations. It is not clear who may attempt to take on the lead role next.

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