Many thought it was an April Fools' Day joke, but we assure you it's very true: Two and a Half Men star Ashton Kutcher has officially signed on to play Apple visionary Steve Jobs in an upcoming biopic of his life.
According to Variety, Kutcher will portray Jobs as he grows from "wayward hippie to co-founder of Apple, where he became one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of our time." Well, Kutcher can play the wayward hippie (Hello, That 70s Show), but tech genius? Eh, we're not buying it.
Or, maybe we should? The former Mr. Demi Moore has gained quite the reputation in Silicon Valley for his shrewd investing in web services like Foursquare, Chegg and Flipboard. This reputation has prompted some tech industry watchers and pundits to support the casting.
"Kutcher's experience with technology and startups is actually pretty good for this stuff. I suspect the goofy way that he is typically cast is just acting and that he can play Jobs very well," one MacRumors.com user wrote.
"Well, they both have a history of humiliating people," an AppleInsider user added, referring to Jobs' reputation as an intense leader and Kutcher's as a cheater.
Others turned to comedy to explain the actor's new role.
"I hope Ashton Kutcher accurately portrays Steve Jobs' brief obsession with trucker hats," one fan tweeted.
"Because Steve Jobs was always associated with blank facial expressions, flat speech and total disengagement," tech columnist @Ihnatko joked.
The film, tentatively titled as Jobs, will be directed by Joshua Michael Stern and written by Matt Whiteley. Other actors rumored for the role included Christian Bale, Sean Penn, Stanley Tucci and Daniel Day-Lewis.
At least one Jobs fan saw the bright side of the whole situation, calling Kutcher's casting, "Better than Keanu, I suppose. Slightly better."
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