Batman to Become Steve Jobs

Christian Bale will star in Danny Boyle’s biopic about the tech entrepreneur

WHAT: Christian Bale has been cast as Steve Jobs in an upcoming biopic about the tech entrepreneur, which will be directed by Danny Boyle and written by Aaron Sorkin. Bale didn’t have to do much to get the role of the Apple CEO, Sorkin tells Bloomberg Television: “We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that’s Chris Bale. He didn’t have to audition. Well, there was a meeting.” It isn’t the first time that Sorkin, who is adapting Walter Isaacson‘s 2011 biography Steve Jobs, has tackled tech culture. He won an Oscar a few years ago for writing The Social Network, which chronicles the rise of Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook.

THE VERDICT: Yes! The Apple CEO (or characters who are suspiciously similar to him) keep popping up in movies and TV, most depressingly in last year’s limping attempt, Jobs, which featured Ashton Kutcher stumbling his way through the role. Bale and Boyle’s version is bound to be a step up, as long as the film isn’t too fawning and self-congratulatory, which means Sorking should write a little more like the he did on The West Wing and a little less like he did on The Newsroom. Until then, we’ll keep sating out nerd culture fix with Silicon Valley.