Biographical Jobs film to premier at Sundance

Apple’s Steve Jobs was one of technology’s most influential figures.  He has been described as a visionary and someone who was ahead of his time, but, sadly, the innovator and technology giant passed away last year.

Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs (left), and the real Steve Jobs in the 60's on the right (image: Entertainment Weekly/Apple)

With this level of influence and calibre, it is not surprising for a film to emerge focused on his life. 

A film, simply entitled Jobs, is set to premier at the Sundance Film Festival next month. The film will officially close the Festival and stars actor Ashton Kutcher as the late Apple CEO.

“We’re really excited to have it as the closing night. It’s really an inspirational and entertaining film about a man who has had such a significant impact on the world,” said Sundance’s Director Of Programming Trevor Groth.

The film also stars Matthew Modine, Dermot Mulroney, James Woods and JK Simmons, and is said to cover the life of Jobs from 1971 through to 2000 and will touch on a number of important aspects during his career at Apple, such as the founding of Apple with Steve Wozniak, Jobs’s removal as CEO, and his eventual return.

Casting Kutcher in the role is slightly ironic, as he plays a wealthy Internet entrepreneur in his comedy television series Two and a Half Men, and has the potential to look like the late Jobs.

“My hunch is he got the job because he bears such a striking resemblance to Jobs physically, but (Kutcher) really owns the performance,” Groth told USA Today.

Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor