Say what you want about Aaron Sorkin, but the man certainly has an affinity for dialogue.
Though the various trials and tribulations the production suffered – it was happening, then it absolutely wasn’t, then miraculously it was back on again but with a different lead actor – the “better” of the two Steve Jobs biopics to be put into production now has its first trailer ahead of a scheduled release in October.
Far from the Ashton Kutcher experiment that paid very dividends, this biopic – straightforwardly entitled Steve Jobs – carries with a much larger amount of promise. From a script penned by Sorkin, the Danny Boyle-directed film will apparently serve as something of a bravura piece, with the entire film consisting of three long scenes and very few set pieces.
The plot of the film follows the movements of Jobs and his associates whilst backstage at three key product launches, culminating in the 1998 launch of the iMac. Though the trailer doesn’t give us much – a bunch of stares overlaid with some voiceover dialogue that has Sorkin’s fingerprints all over it – we do get a feel for how the film is going to present the two sides of its coin: The cluttered, claustrophobic sense of the backstage area, and of Jobs’ own life and personality, and the view he gains when presenting to the open theatre – and, by extension, the world.
The script was based on the authorised biography of Jobs’ life written by Walter Isaacson, and the cast sports a fairly impressive array of heavy hitters including Michael Fassbender as Jobs, Julianne Moore, Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlbarg, Perla Haney-Jardine, Katherine Waterston, John Ortiz and Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak.
The film will hit theatres from October 9th. Expect awards season buzz to ramp up shortly thereafter.