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article imageClooney in the running to play Steve Jobs in biopic?

By Susanne Jones     Nov 18, 2011 in Entertainment
Reports have surfaced that star George Clooney is up for the principal role in a movie about the life and times of Apple founder Steve Jobs. And, ironically, also rumoured to be up for the lead is Noah Wyle, Clooney's former "ER" colleague.
According to Mashable, there has been talk swirling around since Jobs' death last month that a movie adaptation of Walter Isaacson's bestselling biography is in the works.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Aaron Sorkin, of The Social Network fame, is on a list of possible screenwriters tabbed for the project. If the Academy Award-winning Clooney, 50, is cast as Jobs, he will be adding to his reputation as a high-powered movie star beloved by the world's paparazzi, as well as a much-hyped repertoire of roles, including his most recent film where he was a triple-threat writer, director and star of 2011's The Ides of March.
Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs speaks at the Worldwide Developers Conference in 2007
Ben Stanfield (CC BY-SA 2.0)
If the 40-year-old Wyle lands that Jobs part, he'll be reprising a role he played in Pirates of Silicon Valley, that aired on U.S. television in 1999. Wyle also teamed up with Jobs that same year when the Apple boss spoke at the opening of Macworld, as this YouTube video shows:
Reaction from fans on Mashable's website is mixed, with one observer commenting "Noah Wyle gets my vote. I can't see Mr. International Playboy being a good fit to play Jobs, no way!"
Meanwhile, another commentator simply says it depends on where the biopic will start in depicting the life of Jobs: "Wyle has young Jobs down, but we have to admit Clooney has the more rough-aged face of an elder Jobs."
Still another writer throws a curve-ball into the mix and suggests actor Jeff Bridges for the part of Jobs: "Go back and look at both of them in the eighties and you can see the resemblance." And actor Christian Bale is mentioned by one fan who says his face reminds him of Jobs, "and I believe his personality could be a good fit as well. Also he already showed that he could lose a lot of weight and look older than is necessary."
Finally, one reader comes in right down the middle and suggests both Clooney and Wyle: "What if they both played him? Older Steve and Younger Steve. The book covers his whole life."
For a glimpse of what Wyle, who, with Clooney, was one of the leads in the Emmy Award-winning NBC-TV's ER, might do with the role of Jobs, check out this Pirates of Silicon Valley YouTube video:
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