Ashton Kutcher Set To Play Steve Jobs in upcoming Film

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Less than a year after his death, the life of technology guru and Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs will be honored in an upcoming independent biopic entitled “Jobs” starring Ashton Kutcher.

The TV and movie actor, who bears a striking resemblance to a young Jobs, is slated to begin filming the movie in May during his hiatus from “Two and a Half Men.” The plan is to begin production before a rival film, based on writer Walter Isaacson’s lauded Jobs biography, gets off the ground. Jobs died on October 5, 2011.

“Jobs” will be directed by Joshua Michael Stern (“Swing Vote”) and will chronicle Jobs’ rise from a Northern California hippie upbringing to the co-founding of Apple, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Kutcher has a well-established reputation as a romantic comedy actor in films such as “Valentine’s Day,” “New Year’s Eve” and “What Happens in Vegas,” but his experience in more dramatic roles is thinner. He’s tried his hand a few times, in flicks such as 2004’s “Butterfly Effect” and 2006’s “Bobby,” but has yet to prove that he can carry a lead dramatic role on his own. The filming schedule shouldn’t interfere with another technological leap Kutcher has signed up for: a trip to near outer space aboard British billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic Airlines. Ashton recently plunked down $200,000 to become one of the first 500 passengers to blast off into weightlessness aboard one of the company’s space planes, which are expected to begin launching in 2013 or 2014.

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