Could George Clooney Play Steve Jobs?by: Posted:
Sony executives have set their sights upon the A-List's peak to find the man that can fill the shoes of the late visionary Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
The studio currently claiming the rights to bring Jobs' life's story to theaters wants Golden Globe and Oscar-winner George Clooney leading the biopic's cast, reports the U.K.'s Now Magazine.
If Sony and Clooney can make the deal, it will present Clooney with a somewhat unusual distinction: he'll actually become the second "ER" alum that's portrayed Jobs.
"ER" co-star Noah Wyle first played Jobs in TNT's 1999 made-for-cable movie "Pirates of Silicon Valley," an adaptation of the book Fire In The Valley: The Making Of The Personal Computer that chronicled the Microsoft-Apple rivalry that spurred virtual quantum leaps in personal-computer development throughout the 90s.
Therein lies another catch: Now reports that Wyle is also in contention for the role.
Wyle played Jobs opposite Anthony Michael Hall playing Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Joey Slotnick playing Jobs' Apple partner Steve Wozniak and Josh Hopkins playing Paul Allen.
It could come down to a battle between accolades and experience. Having already played Jobs, Wyle's familiarity with the man and what he must give the performance should be a given. Clooney has on his side a legacy of award-winning performances in pictures based upon true lives. He starred in and directed "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" in 2002, based on the life of TV producer Chuck Barris.
For Clooney's role in 2005's "Syriana," based loosely upon former CIA agent Robert Baer's memoirs of his operations in the Middle East, Clooney won a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award. The same year, he starred as CBS News producer Fred Friendly in "Good Night, And Good Luck," which chronicled the head-to-head war between journalist Edward R. Murrow and Sen. Joseph McCarthy during McCarthy's Red-Scare hey day. Hey most recently starred in the election thriller "The Ides of March."
Though past performance dictates that Wyle perhaps deserves the role, Clooney has one almost insurmountable resume.
Sony acquired the Jobs rights days after the CEO succumbed to cancer at the age of 56 last month. "The Social Network" writer Aaron Sorkin has reportedly been leading the pack of contenders to adapt the script from Walter Isaacson's biography Steve Jobs.