We’ve seen a few pictures of filming underway for Sony’s Steve Jobs movie, but today we got the first look at Michael Fassbender as Jobs. Some on-set stills show the X-Men and 12 Years A Slave star in an outdoor scene with Seth Rogan as Steve Wozniak.
Fassbender was a curious casting choice to replace Christian Bale as Jobs, but given how the project has been a revolving door of names until just before shooting, its producers were probably just happy to get a good actor with some notoriety.
While Rogan looks slightly believable as Woz (although what’s with that jewfro?), Fassbender unfortunately bears no resemblance whatsoever to the character he’s playing. He makes Ashton Kutcher look like Jobs’ doppelganger.
Given that writer Aaron Sorkin wants this film to be Oscar worthy, it will be interesting to see how/if Fassbender overcomes his lack of physical similarity in portraying Jobs. Plenty of great actors have played real life characters they don’t look like, but it’s going to take a killer performance from Fassbender to overcome such a believability barrier.
Sorkin’s script centers around three Apple events: the original Macintosh launch (likely what’s being filmed today at De Anza), NeXT, and the original iPod. Some flashback scenes will include Jobs’ childhood home in Los Altos, and his daughter Lisa is said to be the film’s heroine.