Jeff Sneider, author of the Variety story, broke the news on Sunday (April 1), but skeptics feared it was simply an April Fools’ joke, especially in light of Kutcher’s history of pranks. Sneider repeatedly reassured his Twitter followers throughout the day that the story was definitely not a joke.
The film will take its audience through Jobs’ life, from his early days as co-founder of Apple through his return to the company in the late 1990s.
Kutcher, 34, is best known for his early work on That 70s Show, his returning hit MTV series Punk’d, his marriage to Demi Moore and his recent work on Two and a Half Men, where he replaced Charlie Sheen.
Kutcher and Stern won’t be the only Hollywood team offering up the story of Jobs’ life. Sony Pictures is currently developing its own version of the story, which will be based on Walter Isaacson’s book Steve Jobs.
Jobs, who died in October 2011, at age 56, after a long struggle with a rare form of pancreatic cancer, helped to catapult Apple to its current staggering success.
Though the physical resemblance between Kutcher and Jobs is uncanny, it will be interesting to see if Kutcher’s particular form of dreamy charisma is a good match for the late Jobs’ magnetic and dynamic personality.
Stern, who also directed Swing Vote, will work from a script written by Matt Whiteley.