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The idea of Ashton Kutcher ('That 70s Show') playing iconic tech magnate Steve Jobs probably doesn't sit well with many, and I count myself in that camp of descent. Nevertheless, the one thing I can say for Joshua Michael Stern's 'Jobs,' is that early production photos have revealed that Kutcher is the spitting image of the late Apple co-founder. The movie will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah later this month and now it looks as if Open Road Films has picked up the distribution rights. On top of that, or maybe as a result of 'Jobs' finding its distro partner, the official release date(ish) for the movie has been disclosed. 'Jobs' will arrive in theaters in April of this year. Meanwhile, Sony's Steve Jobs biopic, to be penned by Aaron Sorkin ('Moneyball,' 'The West Wing'), still has no release date in sight.
Probably the best thing that could've happened for Stern's biopic was to be released ahead of Sony's. This was a near certainty given the fact that Sony's project still had not cast its lead role, but problems could have still arisen that could've potentially narrowed that gap between the two releases. So we're getting Kutcher's take on Jobs first? That's nice. I still don't give a crapple. I can't stand Kutcher as a performer no matter the genre. I think 'Butterfly Effect' pretty clearly proved he's just as inept at drama as he is at comedy, so apart from his resemblance to Steve Jobs, with the help of the hair and makeup department, his viability for the role is highly suspect. I'm also not a fan of Open Road as a company. They've only put out two films worth talking about, 'End of Watch' and 'The Grey,' and their reliance on the shadiest of marketing tricks, staged audience reactions and an actual "post your darkest secrets on Facebook" campaign, long ago soured me on them. I'll still see 'Jobs,' but like so many Apple product users, I'll trade it in for something better down the road.
What do you guys think? Are you interested in this version of the Steve Jobs biopic? Could there be any reason the filmmakers cast Kutcher other than his resemblance to Jobs?