If Rogen Bails, These 7 Actors Could Play Woz

by Maitri Suhas

And so the saga of the mysterious Steve Jobs biopic continues: on Tuesday, it was confirmed that Michael Fassbender would play the role of Jobs, after Christian Bale decided he wasn't emotionally ready to be in the film. But at this point in the game, anything can happen; the picture, written by Aaron Sorkin and to be directed by Danny Boyle, also changed hands from Sony to Universal. Thus far, nothing has been permanent in the world of the Steve Jobs epic, aside from Sorkin and Boyle, who seem fiercely committed. As for the role of Jobs' partner at Apple, Steve Wozniak, Seth Rogen seems pretty sure that he will star in the movie, but who knows? So who could play the Wonderful Wizard of Woz if Rogen, too, drops out?

As said, there's been plenty of speculation about the film. IGN interviewed Rogen, 32, about the status of the film and his role in it. He offered an irritatingly vague and totally Rogen response: "But if that movie gets made, I think there’s a good chance that I will be in it." GREAT. Where the hell does that leave us? There's about a 50/50 chance that Rogen will eventually change his mind like Bale, maybe for emotional reasons, or maybe because he just doesn't feel like it anymore. So here are 5 dudes that could step in as Wozniak should Rogen bounce.

John Goodman

John Goodman is probably the number one actor that makes you go, "wait, John Goodman is in this?!" but with delighted surprise. He could take the role of Woz because he definitely looks the part, and he can basically play any role. Some of his most recent great performances: Inside Llewyn Davis, Argo, Flight, and obviously, Monsters University.

Jonah Hill

Are not Rogen and Hill interchangeable? For all intents and purposes, they might as well be the same actor, save for the fact that Hill is rumored to be a real d-bag whereas Rogen seems like an OK dude. Admittedly, Hill is a great actor: he's somehow been nominated for not one, but two Oscars, for his supporting roles in Wolf of Wall Street and Money Ball. That's right: the kid from Superbad who thinks the best foods are shaped like dicks has two Oscar nominations.

Kevin Smith

Why not?

Andy Samberg

Sure, he's a goofball, but he's kicking ass on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. I also just want to see the inevitably weird dynamic between Andy Samberg and Michael Fassbender. Plus, he showed he can do serious pretty well in Celeste and Jesse Forever.

Jack Black

Scruffly and smiley and jovial as The Woz. Could easily see a montage of him building a computer in a garage with serious '70s muttonchops.

Jesse Eisenberg

TWIST: He's in every Aaron Sorkin movie for now til forever.

James Franco


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