Ashton Kutcher to play Steve Jobs in up-coming biopic

Ashton Kutcher with this 'Two and a half men' co-star JonCryerVariety is reporting that ‘Two and a Half Men’ star Ashton Kutcher is to play Apple founder Steve Jobs in the film ‘Jobs’.

Kutcher is well known in the celebrity tech world as one of Twitter’s big early users and an investor. Back in April 2009 Ashton Kutcher blazed an early trail and became the first Twitter user to pass the one million followers milestone. He beat @CNNbrk by 30 minutes.

Although more recently Kutcher has been in trouble on Twitter with a controversial tweet and announced that he would be turning over the management of his Twitter account to his media management.

In his current role on ‘Two and a Half Men’, where he replaced Charlie Sheen, he plays a dopey dotcom billionaire for laughs although he can do serious as well and appeared in Emilio Estevez’s historical drama “Bobby”.

He will now play it with a straighter edge in a film to be directed by Joshua Michael Stern who previously helmed ‘Swing Vote’:

“The film will chronicle Steve Jobs from wayward hippie to co-founder of Apple, where he became one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of our time.

“Five Star Institute’s Mark Hulme is financing and will produce the pic, which is skedded to start production in May while Kutcher is on hiatus from his hit CBS series.

“CAA, which reps both Kutcher and Stern, will represent the pic’s domestic distribution rights,” Variety reports.

According to the Guardian little else is known about the project, other than that it is based on a screenplay by Matt Whiteley.

It is in competition with a second Jobs biopic from studio Sony which was announced in the autumn:

“The other Jobs film is based on Walter Isaacson’s bestselling authorised biography of the Apple founder, and Sony was at one point tapping Aaron Sorkin of The West Wing and The Social Network fame to take on screenwriting duties. “Right now I’m just in the thinking-about-it stages,” said Sorkin in November. “It’s a really big movie and it’s going to be a great movie no matter who writes it. He was a great entrepreneur, he was a great artist, a great thinker.”

“Isaacson’s book Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography is the only authorised book about Jobs’s life. Published in the UK just 19 days after Jobs died from pancreatic cancer, it sold 37,000 copies in its first five days here and more than 379,000 copies in its first week in the US. The volume is based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years, as well as interviews with more than 100 family members, friends, adversaries, competitors and colleagues,” the Guardian reports.

What do you think? Can you see Kutcher as Jobs? He certainly has the height and the facial hair and a pedigree online.