Even though Aaron Sorkin only recently declared that Christian Bale will play Steve Jobs in Sony’s upcoming biopic, The Hollywood Reporter is now reporting that Bale will not take on the role.
According to THR’s sources, Bale, “after much deliberation and conflicting feelings, came to the conclusion he was not right for the part and decided to withdraw.” A source told EW that Bale was always just in talks for the role and confirmed THR’s report. The studio had no comment.
This marks another set back for the Sorkin-penned biopic, which Danny Boyle is attached to direct. Leonardo DiCaprio also decided not to play Jobs, and negotiations with David Fincher to direct collapsed when the director reportedly asked for $10 million in fees up front and marketing control, THR reported back in April.
In an interview with Bloomberg in October, Sorkin said that the role of Jobs is “an extremely difficult part and [Bale] is gonna crush it.” Just last week EW confirmed that Seth Rogen is in talks to play Steve Wozniak in the film.