by Justin Cook
While her current film Inherent Vice is posting strong numbers in limited release at the box office, it has been announced that Katherine Waterston will most likely be joining Michael Fassbender in the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic.
The film, which is directed by Danny Boyle and written by Aaron Sorkin, has suffered many casting changes over the past year, with both Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale dropping out of the role of Jobs before Fassbender stepped in.
Waterston is not confirmed for the film yet, but she has been offered the role of Jobs’ first wife Chrisann. On top of Fassbender, she would be joining Seth Rogen as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Jeff Daniels as former Apple CEO John Sculley and Kate Winslet as Apple Macintosh developer Joanna Hoffman. Also Michael Stuhlbarg joined the film a few weeks back as Andy Hertzfeld, a computer scientist who also helped develop the Apple Macintosh in the 1980s.
In Inherent Vice, Boardwalk Empire and numerous other TV shows and films, Waterston has given fantastic performances. Acting out Sorkin’s dialogue may not be particularly easy for most actors, considering that he often writes long scenes with fast-paced dialogue, but Waterston seems entirely capable of handling such dialogue.
Early next year the film will begin shooting, with an official release date still unannounced.
The movie had been in “development hell” for quite some time. Not too long ago, Sony decided to drop the film and shop it around to other studios, with Universal quickly picking up the film and wasting no time in giving it a green light. Now that many key roles have been cast, the movie should be able to move forward with a certain level of ease.
Steve Jobs will be shown in the film through three important Apple product launches.
Scott Rudin, Mark Gordon, Guymon Casady and Christian Colson will produce the film.