Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes a look at the chaotic life of the brilliant and controversial Apple co-founder, while proving a behind the scenes glimpse of the digital revolution he helped create. Directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting) and written by Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network), Steve Jobs stars Michael Fassbender as Jobs and co-stars Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen and Jeff Daniels.
Though Sony acquired the rights to Walter Isaacson’s book, Steve Jobs, several years ago, the film has had numerous production troubles, with many directors and actors abandoning the project. Originally, the film was to be directed by David Fincher and star Christian Bale. Both left under different circumstances, with rumors suggesting that Fincher disagreed with Sony on how the film should be marketed, and with Bale deciding that he was “not right for the part.”
Ignoring the film’s production woes, the first official trailer for Steve Jobs looks pretty impressive, with much of the focus centered Sorkin’s fast-paced, biting dialogue. However, even though everyone in the film looks like their acting their asses off, I’m still having trouble seeing Fassbender as Jobs. It’s probably not fair to criticize the fact that he looks nothing like Jobs, even when clothed in the man’s signature black turtleneck and blue jeans, but something still feels off even when not considering the look. Hopefully Fassbender can make up for it by hammering home Jobs’ renowned sense of entitlement and arrogance. That shouldn’t be too hard, especially with so many infamous stories making note of it for the past several decades.
Steve Jobs will make its way to theatres on October 9, 2015.