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Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs: We Can Do Better (Poll)

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood April 2, 2012 at 1:51PM

Less than six months since Steve Job's passing, much was made over the weekend of news that Joshua Michael Stern ("Swing Vote") has attached movie star wannabe Ashton Kutcher to an indie Steve Jobs biopic with a script by Matt Whiteley.
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Jobs in 1976; Kutcher
Jobs in 1976; Kutcher

Less than six months since Steve Job's passing, much was made over the weekend of news that Joshua Michael Stern ("Swing Vote") has attached movie star wannabe Ashton Kutcher to an indie Steve Jobs biopic with a script by Matt Whiteley. Five Star Institute is financing and producing. The film will shoot in May while Kutcher is off duty from CBS's "Two and a Half Men."

These indies are hoping that being first out of the gate (Sony is developing a Jobs project based on Walter Isaacson's bestselling official biography) with their take on the iconic entrepreneur's life (from hippie days to Apple) will lend this project some kind of cred. But the script comes from an unknown and its leading man finally shut down his Twitter account, having developed a bigger and more crass public persona than real acting chops. The physical resemblance is real; Kutcher is a jock version of Jobs with a bolder jawline. Kutcher must be up for the challenge: this role will place a big fat bullseye on his back.

Who could do justice to Jobs? Joel Kinnaman? Wes Bentley? You tell us.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.