Christian Bale has rejected the chance to appear in Danny Boyle's biopic of Steve Jobs.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Oscar-winning actor opted to withdraw from the much-hyped project after deciding he wasn't the right man to play the part of Jobs, the Apple co-founder who died in 2011.

Bale, 40, is the second Hollywood star to reject the role, which was first offered to Leonardo Dicaprio, 39.

As a result, 'Slumdog Millionaire' and 'Trainspotting' director Boyle will hold further casting meetings this week in a bid to find an actor to fill the role of Jobs, who was instrumental in Apple's revival.

The news comes shortly after it was reported by The Wrap that comedian Seth Rogen is in talks to star in the biopic.

Rogen, who's previously starred in 'Bad Neighbours', is reportedly in negotiations to take on the role of Steve Wozniak, the Apple co-founder who created the Apple I computer and co-created the Apple II computer in the 1970s.

Allied to this, Jessica Chastain - who appears alongside Matthew Mcconaughey, Anne Hathaway and Sir Michael Caine in 'Interstellar' - has also been linked to an unspecified role in the biopic.