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Christian Bale Back In Talks For Steve Jobs Biopic

UPDATE: Aaron Sorkin confirms his casting

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UPDATE: Bloomberg has talked to a highly-placed source (one Aaron Sorkin), who confirms Bale is aboard. “We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that’s Chris Bale,” Sorkin says. “He didn’t have to audition. Well, there was a meeting.” You can see him use an extended sports metaphor in the Bloomberg video here. But we sort of wish he'd announced it like this.

He was talked about back when David Fincher was considering directing the film, and it would appear that Sony is still interested in Christian Bale. The actor is now in talks for the Steve Jobs biopic that the studio is looking to make.

Danny Boyle remains in the director’s chair for the film, which Aaron Sorkin has been busy writing. Sorkin’s script, which is based on Walter Isaacson’s bestselling authorised biography of the man, focuses on three big moments in Jobs’ corporate life, including the launch of the Mac, NeXT (which was introduced after he was removed from the company) and the iPod, launched in the years after his triumphant return.

When Boyle took over the megaphone in April, there was some suggestion that he'd try to land Leonardo DiCaprio for a reunion of The Beach’s team. But DiCaprio has decided to throttle back on acting duties after working on Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant and passed on the gig, leaving the way clear for Boyle and producer Scott Rudin to once again talk to Bale.

He’s not yet confirmed, but it’s looking much more likely this time, with a shoot pencilled in for next year, ahead of 20th Century Fox's The Deep Blue Goodbye, which has hit a negotiation bump due to Bale's wariness about committing to sequels.