Losing Christian Bale as the lead in the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic would have been a huge blow to Sony, however, the film studio are reportedly in negotiations with the hugely talented Michael Fassbender as his replacement.

Michael Fassbender
Fassbender is in "early talks" to play Steve Jobs in Sony's biopic

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Irish actor is in "early talks" to star in the forthcoming untitled flick, which is expected to focus on the launches of Apple's original Macintosh computer (1984), NeXT Cube (1990), and original iPod (2001).

British filmmaker Danny Boyle will direct the biopic, based on Walter Isaacson's book that was adapted into a screenplay by Aaron Sorkin, which Scott Rudin, Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady will be producing.

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The premise of the movie follows Jobs preparing for three presentations throughout his life that were pivotal moments for himself and the technological company's success.

Sorkin previously told The Daily Beast, "Each of these three scenes is going to take place before a product launch - backstage before a product launch." He added, "The first one being the Mac; and the second one being NeXT, after he had left Apple; and the third one being the iPod."

Boyle is expected to arrive in Los Angeles later this week to discuss possible roles with actors and actresses. Seth Rogen is already in discussions to portray the other co-founder Steve Wozniak, but no official casting announcement has yet been made.

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This could be a career-defining role for Fassbender as the movie is expected to be one of the most anticipated biopics in recent memory, and Sony are hoping it will become a major awards contender.