‘Steve Jobs’ trailer: Michael Fassbender takes on a tech iCon

19 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

About That ‘Steve Jobs’ Trailer.

It’s less than a minute long, it shows few moments from the movie and it offers only a glimpse of its subject. The first trailer for the highly anticipated Danny Boyle-directed flick features Michael Fassbender in the title role, Seth Rogen as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Kate Winslet as original Mac team member Joanna Hoffman and Jeff Daniels as former Apple CEO John Sculley. “The two most significant events of the 20th century: the Allies win the war, and this,” says Fassbender as Jobs, when referring to the 1984 launch of the Macintosh. “I sat in a garage and invented the future, because artists lead and hacks ask for a show of hands.” Aaron Sorkin, best known for recent hits “The Social Network” and “Moneyball,” wrote the screenplay, which features three distinct important moments from Jobs’ career: the debuts of the Macintosh, the NeXT (in 1988) and the iMac (1998).We’ve all moved on from Ashton Kutcher’s ill-fated attempt at playing Apple visionary Steve Jobs, and now our focus has (happily) shifted to Michael Fassbender’s take on the role.

And yet the first look at “Steve Jobs” the forthcoming biopic about the Apple co-founder, manages to effectively do what a teaser trailer should: fuel curiosity and build anticipation. Several actors, including Noah Wyle, Christian Bale, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Bradley Cooper, were all considered for the role before Fassbender was agreed upon. The film’s distributor, Universal Pictures., probably hopes the film, due in October, will receive better reviews than did the 2013 film that covered similar ground starring Ashton Kutcher.

The Sorkin-Boyle version of Jobs’ life on film is going to be dialogue-heavy, so much of the trailer is voiceover, giving us a preview of Fassbender’s handling of the late tech giant’s nasally voice. Much was revealed about the film’s bumpy journey to the big screen in studio emails made public during the hack of Sony, where the project was first set up. As for the lead, Fassbender’s resume includes “12 Years a Slave” and “Inglourious Basterds,” while Ashton Kutcher can boast of “Dude, Where’s My Car” and “Two and a Half Men.” To be fair, even as “Jobs,” the 2013 movie, was mostly panned by critics, Kutcher’s performance as the tech visionary was given a warmer reception. And while this next Jobs flick is getting the “well, it can’t be any worse” treatment by the virtual peanut gallery, many across cyberspace are giving the early nod to Kutcher in terms of appearance, if nothing else.

Jobs — “no one sees the world the same way you do” — points toward a weighty portrait, but also seems to be courting Oscar right out of the gate.

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