Christian Bale drops out of playing Steve Jobs

Actor Christian Bale has bailed out of the Steve Jobs biopic two weeks after it was announced that he will be playing the Apple co-founder, said The Hollywood Reporter. -- PHOTO: AFP
Actor Christian Bale has bailed out of the Steve Jobs biopic two weeks after it was announced that he will be playing the Apple co-founder, said The Hollywood Reporter. -- PHOTO: AFP

Actor Christian Bale has bailed out of the Steve Jobs biopic two weeks after it was announced that he will be playing the Apple co-founder, said The Hollywood Reporter.

The trade magazine, quoting sources, said Bale, 40, has decided that he was not right for the part and decided to drop out.

The movie, which is being directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 2008) from a script by Aaron Sorkin of West Wing fame, was scheduled to start shooting this winter.

Seth Rogen is said to be in talks to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

On Oct 23, Sorkin told Bloomberg TV that Bale was playing Jobs. "We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that's Chris Bale," the writer said at the time. "He didn't have to audition."

Other actors said to have been considered for the part included Bradley Cooper, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, said Huffington Post.

Bale is the second high-profile actor to drop out of the role after Leonardo DiCaprio .