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Looks likes all that practice playing a computer-genius billionaire on Two and a Half Men has paid off for Ashton Kutcher (well, paid off more than the $700,000 he reportedly gets per episode): The actor is attached to play late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, a.k.a. the ultimate computer-genius billionaire, in the indie biopic Jobs, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The film, which chronicles Jobs' ascent from California hippie to co-founder of the Apple juggernaut, will be helmed by Swing Vote director Joshua Michael Stern (from a script by Matt Whiteley) and is set to shoot during Kutcher's hiatus from Men.
Sony is working on another Jobs biopic, based on Walter Isaacson's authorized biography that was released shortly after the Apple icon's Oct. 5 death. That film has yet to cast its lead, however, and will likely see the light of day after Kutcher's movie.
And since we're on the topic of casting, is Kutcher the right man for this Jobs job? There's no denying that the 34-year-old actor bears a striking resemblance to a young Jobs (check out the above photo). But there's more to portraying someone than just having the right look and the ability to grow identical facial hair.
While Kutcher has certainly proved himself in the realm of comedy, both on the small screen (That '70s Show and Two and a Half Men) and the big (Dude, Where's My Car?), his two biggest forays into drama, 2004's The Butterfly Effect and 2006's The Guardian, were critical duds (although they did do fairly well at the box office).
Ultimately, there aren't many other actors we could see playing Jobs. One other option is comedian-turned-actor Demetri Martin (Taking Woodstock), who also looks a whole lot like the Apple mogul. But, like Kutcher, Martin's dramatic mettle has yet to be tested.
In other words, we're willing to give Ashton the benefit of the doubt here. In fact, it'll be kind of exciting to see what he does with the role and whether or not it marks a shift away from comedy and toward more dramatic fare (at least on the big screen). Hey, if it worked for Tom Hanks...