I’ve been critical of the casting of Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs in the 1st of 2 planned movies about the Apple co-founder, in the simply titled Jobs. A couple of months ago there were photos that showed the Kutch as younger Steve Jobs. Well today, we get a look at Kutch as older Steve Jobs. While the similarities in regards to looks between the two are pretty uncanny, I’m still not convinced that Kutcher can pull this off. But it’s not just Kutcher I’m worried about.
Kutcher has a huge mountain to climb to get people to believe that his acting talents can pull off portraying Steve Jobs. But so does Matt Whiteley, the writer of the project (this is his first script) and the director Joshua Michael Stern (whose biggest claim to fame was the Kevin Costner swing and a miss movie Swing Vote). Everything about this movie seems like a rush job to be the first one out since Sony is developing their own Jobs biopic with Aaron Sorkin attached to write that screenplay. Aaron Sorkin is pretty accomplished, Stern and Whiteley…not so much.
But give everyone involved with this project credit, Kutcher does look the part and yes, that does count for something. But since there is a lot of cynicism regarding this project, will they end up trying too hard to win people over that they actually end up making themselves look worse? It's food for thought and I’m willing to bet even money that’s what happens.
Jobs will be released sometime in 2013.