Trailers and chat about the film “Jobs”, the ‘inspiring true story of Apple founder Steve Jobs’, have been firing up interest now for some months, but the film itself will be in cinemas in a matter of weeks.
Starring Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs, the film is based on major events in Jobs’ life from 1971, the year he met Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, to 2000, four years after his return to Apple, and what was the beginning of the company’s golden era.
Of the role, and of the man and his influence, Kutcher said:
“When Steve Jobs passed away, I had this bizarre emotional reaction and I didn’t know what it was,” the actor says. “I was like, ‘Wow, why am I so shook up about this?’ And I started thinking about all the ways my life was affected by this guy and began learning about him anywhere and everywhere I could.”
The film was primarily shot in the San Fernando Valley, a short distance away from Cupertino, the area where Jobs grew up, and where the Apple headquarters is located. But scenes set in the famous garage in which Jobs and Wozniak began to solder their way to success, they are filmed in the very Los Altos garage that was the birthplace of Apple. The film’s screenwriter, Matt Whiteley, says of this:
“Historical accuracy was such an important part of telling this story for us, but to be granted this incredible opportunity to film on location where Steve and Woz soldered boards and made cold calls? That’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience not just for us, but for audiences watching this story unfold.”
The film also stars Dermot Mulroney as Mike Markkula, Josh Gad as Steve Wozniak, Lukas Haas as Daniel Kottke, and Matthew Modine as John Sculley.
“Jobs” will begin its cinema run on August 29. It is 128 minutes long, and is rated M.