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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Portman to star with Fassbender in Steve Jobs biopic

Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman
Michael Fassbender in Frank

HOLLYWOOD star Natalie Portman is rumoured to be in talks to star opposite Michael Fassbender in a biopic based on Apple entrepreneur Steve Jobs.

The Irish actor is hotly tipped to assume the role of billionaire Jobs who famously established Apple in an Palo Alto garage.

The X-Men actor is the latest in a string of A-list names to be associated with the film. Now, it seems his other half will be played by brunette beauty Natalie.

Fassbender was due to star alongside the Cold Mountain actress in Jane Got a Gun but was one of several cast members to drop out of the project. The Star Wars actress is understood to be in talks with Universal about taking on the role of Laurene Powell Jobs.

Portman has both an Oscar and a degree from Harvard University, accolades that should come in handy if she is signed to play Powell Jobs, Steve's wife.

The widow of the Apple boss is a high-powered business leader and investor in the US. The film, penned by Aaron Sorkin - the writer behind the Facebook film The Social Network, was bumped by Sony in a controversial move by the film company. But Universal studios were quick to snap up the movie. Big names such as Leonardo Di Caprio and Christian Bale were previously attached to the film.

Danny Boyle is lined up to direct the film, which is based on Walter Isaacson's biography of the tech giant who passed away in 2011 after a battle with cancer. It has not been confirmed who will assume the role of Apple's co-founder Steve Wozniacki.

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