Ashton Kutcher cast as Steve Jobs in indie biopic
Need someone to play Steve Jobs in an independent film about the tech innovator's life? There's an Ashton for that.
"Two and A Half Men" star Ashton Kutcher will play the Apple co-founder in "Jobs," set to shoot in May, during the actor's hiatus from his CBS comedy.
Kutcher has long been a player in Silicon Valley as an early adopter of Twitter with various investments in Web commerce. Plus he certainly bears a resemblance to a younger, crunchier Jobs.
Joshua Michael Stern (previous credits include the 2008 Kevin Costner film "Swing Vote") has been tapped to direct.
Kutcher hasn't ventured much into drama, his designated lane being goofier fare such as his days on TV's "That 70s Show" and films including "Guess Who" and "Just Married," plus more recently the massive-ensemble flicks "Valentine's Day" and "New Year's Eve."
Reactions have been mixed, some praising the guys' similar looks and others questioning Kutcher's acting abilities. Gadget website CNet tweeted that the casting was "not a joke" and even offered up five — or is it seven? — other actors they'd rather see step into Jobs' shoes.
The film is said to cover Jobs' journey from a classic California hippie to the turtleneck-wearing powerhouse who gave us the iPhone and a bounty of other well-designed electronics. Jobs died in October at age 56.
— Matt Donnelly
Photo: Photos: Ashton Kutcher in January, left, and Steve Jobs in 1991. Credits: Jason Redmond / Associated Press, left; Ben Margot / Associated Press, right.