First look at Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs in 'jOBS'
The first clip from the forthcoming Steve Jobs biopic, jOBS, emerged online this morning and based on Vulture’s assumption that there’s “decent likelihood that you're reading this on an Apple product” it may interest you to watch the sixty seconds of shaggy Kutcher-esque glory. (Before you lose/ drop/ water-damage said Apple product over this long weekend.)
In the preview, Kutcher breathes life into a young version of the tech magnate, while he emphatically chases Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak (Josh Gad), around the Hewlett Packard car park attempting to convince him that the personal computer operating system Wozniak developed has seismic market (and social) potential.
Per the clip, Wozniak is portrayed as the business’ doubtful counterpart – “no one wants to buy a computer” – to Jobs’ stiflingly excited “How does somebody know what they want if they've never even seen it?” character.
Interestingly, in an interview with Gizmodo, the real Wozniak revealed that the scene is pure fiction, and that Woz and Jobs’ outlook on the PC were, initially, inverse. Woz saw the rampant potential, while Jobs was the obligatory Negative Nancy.
The film, which is about to premiere at Utah’s Sundance Film Festival, charts the highs and lows of Jobs’ legendary life and career from 1971 onwards. Producers have promised an “immensely personal portrait of Steve Jobs' life” that “plunges into the depths of his character” – turtlenecks and all.
In the U.S., the film is set for an April 19 release – exactly 37 years after Apple Computers was founded. Until then, to the Genius Bar, and beyond!
Image credit: jOBS