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But judging from the photo alone, Ashton Kutcher doesn't necessarily come across as the embodiment of Apple founder Steve Jobs. (Kutcher was spotted in character on Friday, grabbing coffee near his home before heading to a film studio.)
Kutcher, 34, is playing the late technology guru in a biopic tentatively named "Jobs: Get Inspired." The $15 million film is set to hit theaters next year and revolves around the early years of Apple -- from the seventies through the turn of the millennium.
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Perhaps the "Two and a Half Men" star will make up for his physical dissimilarities to Jobs with his acting chops... and personal experience.
You see, he may have a leg up on the role: Like Jobs, Kutcher is a technology entrepreneur, having helped launch and run two tech start-ups -- Ooma and Katalyst. Kutcher was also an early adopter of Twitter, being the first member to reach one million followers (in 2009), and a few years later launched his own own Twitter client with UberMedia, called A.plus.
He also plays successful tech entrepreneur Walden Schmidt on CBS' "Men."
The film's producer Mark Hulme recently had this to say about casting Kutcher in the role as Jobs. (He seems to think the two do look alike.):
Since our film covers the early years of Apple, when Jobs was in his 20's, we needed an actor who could carry not only the youthfulness of Jobs at the time but also the psychological complexity. Because of that, and Ashton's physical similarities to Jobs, he's perfect for our film.
Expect Kutcher to channel his inner perfectionist -- Jobs was not only famous for being a creative force but also for being a bully of a boss.
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Josh Gad ("Love and Other Drugs," "Numb3rs") has been cast as Jobs' early collaborator and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.
Jobs, who also owed much of his success to his purchase of Pixar, died last October after a longstanding battle with cancer at the age of 56.
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