After tackling Batman and now Moses (in this winter’s Exodus), Oscar-winner Christian Bale will take on yet another mythic figure — he’s officially been cast to play Steve Jobs in an upcoming big screen biopic. Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, who is adapting Walter Isaacson’s authoritative 2011 biography of the Apple co-founder for the big screen, made the announcement about Bale’s casting in an interview with Bloomberg TV on Thursday morning. “We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range, and that’s Christian Bale,” Sorkin said, adding that the famed method actor didn’t even have to audition for the part.
This may not seem that much of a surprise given the political themes in Sorkin’s recent work, but tonally, the Michael Douglas-Annette Bening White House rom-com is far removed from he brittle hard-talking dramas like The West Wing and The Newsroom. The man who adapted Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne book series for the big screen — and wrote and directed the Best Picture-nominated Michael Clayton — got his first “written by” with this fan-favorite romance starring D.B. Sweeney and Moira Kelly. Almost all of Gilroy’s credits since (including Dolores Claiborne, Duplicity and State of Play) have explored more serious terrain, but as the writer told Movieline when he was starting out. Speaking of “toe picks”… Busy Philipps is an actress best known for her work on TV shows like Freaks and Geeks, Dawson’s Creek and Cougar Town.