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The curtain has risen and the shooting has begun on the Hollywood biopic “jOBS” starring Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs.
Kutcher arrived on set today at Jobs’ childhood home, according to Pacific Coast News. He donned a trimmed beard and shaggy hair — looking actually not too different than when he’s not playing Jobs.
The movie will focus on the earlier years of Jobs’ life, from 1971 to 2000, producer Mark Hulme said in April. And rather than being about to Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography “Steve Jobs,” the movie is supposedly based on widely available information. Josh Gad is to play Steve Wozniak in this film.
Hulme said that Kutcher was chosen for the role because he looks like the late Apple executive during his younger years. “When Ashton read the script he was immediately attracted to the project,” Hulme said. “He is a Steve Jobs and Apple fan, and is technologically savvy, as well, so he recognized the historical importance of Steve Jobs and the potential of the project.”
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The first day of filming involved scenes in the actual garage where Jobs first started piecing together Apple computers, according to Pacific Coast News. The garage, which belonged to the Jobs family, was Apple’s official headquarters before the company moved to a rented office space in Cupertino, Calif. It was the birthplace of the first Apple computer, as well as the Apple II, which became the company’s first real hit.
Another movie about Jobs’ life is also in the works with famed “The Social Network” writer Aaron Sorkin writing the screenplay. This movie is said to be based on Isaacson’s biography. An actor hasn’t been chosen to play Jobs in this film yet, but names like George Clooney and Noah Wyle are being thrown around.
“jOBS” is expected to be released in theaters at the end of this year.
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