With a great movie role comes great responsibility – and it would appear that the thought of having to live up to Steve Jobs’ majesty was just too much for Christian Bale.
Despite the Hollywood actor having been in last-minute talks with Sony to play the role of the late and former Apple CEO, (with Variety all-but appearing to confirm his role in the upcoming biopic on the Silicon Valley giant, just a few weeks ago), The Hollywood Reporter reports exclusively tonight that Bale has dropped out.
“Sources say Bale, after much deliberation and conflicting feelings, came to the conclusion he was not right for the part and decided to withdraw,” the report says citing unnamed sources.
“Sorkin told Bloomberg TV that Bale was [to play] Jobs,” the publication recounts, adding that Bale reportedly didn’t need to audition for the part due to both Sony and Sorkin’s belief in the actor that he could pull it off.
The biographical movie is expected to cover the events leading up to the launch of Apple’s famed music player – the iPod – in 2001, and will be directed by Danny Boyle, with screenplay to be managed by Aaron Sorkin.