Christian Bale to play Steve Jobs in movie biopic

Aaron Sorkin reveals that the Batman actor is the man he's picked to play the Apple founder

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Move over Ashton Kutcher – Christian Bale has agreed to take a bite at playing the Apple co-founder.

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Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin confirmed that he had chosen the Dark Knight star to play Steve Jobs in an upcoming film, based on the biography written by Walter Isaacson.

This is the second feature film to focus on the life of the Apple founder, following the lukewarm reception to the 2013 film Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher.

Sorkin, who wrote Facebook film The Social Network, told Bloomberg TV in the United States that there was never any doubt about who he wanted to play the tech pioneer.

“We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that’s Chris Bale,” Sorkin said. “He didn’t have to audition. Well, there was a meeting…”

Sorkin added that Bale was up to the challenge of dealing with his trademark fast-paced dialogue: “He has more words to say in this movie than most people have in three movies combined.

“There isn’t a scene or a frame that he’s not in. And there’s a tremendous amount of language. So it’s an extremely difficult part and he is gonna crush it,” he said.

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Bale, best known for his role as Batman in the Dark Knight trilogy, is also signed up to appear alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in the upcoming big screen adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book.