The story of Steve Jobs is a huge one to tackle, so if a film is going to be made about his life, there better be a strong director, writer and cast attached. So when I heard Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) was penning the script to a movie simply titled Steve Jobs, I figured that we'd be getting a great portrait of the tech trailblazer. And when Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) was selected to direct, I became confident that the movie would be in good hands. As the film went further into development, they started to announce the star-studded Steve Jobs cast, and that's when I got totally on board.
That said, like many Hollywood projects, the movie was bound to go through a couple of speed bumps along the way, and in this case that included a few personnel changes. For one, The Social Network director, David Fincher was originally attached. When he dropped out, Boyle came on board. Then, there was the casting of the title character. Many names went through the casting turnstile: Christian Bale, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Bradley Cooper. When all was said and done, Michael Fassbender was chosen to don the glasses and famous black turtleneck. From there, the all-star cast built itself. Here's a guide to who's who in Steve Jobs.
Michael Fassbender As Steve Jobs
He may not be a dead ringer for the titular character, but Fassbender definitely has the acting chops to embody the late CEO of Apple who changed the world.
Kate Winslet As Joanna Hoffman
The Titanic actress steps into the role of one of the original members of the Macintosh team. She was also there when Jobs developed his first venture, NeXT. As she says in the film, she was essentially Jobs' "work wife."
Seth Rogen As Steve Wozniak
In a very different role for the comedic actor, Rogen plays the co-founder of Apple who essentially was Jobs' partner in crime. Fun fact: the real Wozniak helped Sorkin with the script.
Jeff Daniels As John Sculley
Daniels has collaborated with Sorkin for The Newsroom, but here, he plays the former president of Pepsi who essentially dethroned Jobs as CEO and took the title from 1983 to 1993.
Katherine Waterston As Chrisann Brennan
You probably recognize Waterston from Paul Thomas Anderson's mind-bending crime drama, Inherent Vice. In Steve Jobs, she plays the high school girlfriend of Jobs and one of the first Apple employees. She's also the mother of his first child.
Michael Stuhlbarg As Andy Hertzfeld
The Boardwalk Empire actor steps into shoes of Andy Hertzfeld, another key role in the building of the Apple empire. He was one of the original members of the Macintosh team that designed the Macintosh software.
John Ortiz As Joel Pforzheimer
Ortiz, who has been seen in Silver Linings Playbook and Fast & Furious, steps into the role as the GQ journalist who is seen interviewing Jobs throughout the film.
Sarah Snook As Andrea Cunningham
Snook has been acting on the stage and screen for a while now (you may remember her in Predestination), but I'm sure we'll be seeing more of her after her turn as the legendary PR mind that worked with Jobs during the launch of the first Macintosh.
Adam Shapiro As Avie Tevanian
The Now You See Me actor plays Apple’s Senior VP of Software Engineering, another key role in Jobs' story.
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