Meet the official cast of the Steve Jobs movie

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The official cast of Steve Jobs has been announced. Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac
The official cast of Steve Jobs has been announced. Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs movie has been down a hard road on its way to production. Disasters like fickle actors and directors have plagued the project, but filming is finally underway in San Francisco as we speak, and for the first time ever, we have an official cast list.

Universal Pictures announced the official cast for the movie this week as filming has already wrapped up at Jobs’ parents garage. The logline confirms the film will be “set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 2001 with the unveiling of the iPod. The film takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.”

We already knew Michael Fassbender has been tapped to play Jobs, but the official cast list includes a few surprises — like the three different actresses that will play Steve’s daughter — and a veteran Apple PR guru we didn’t see coming.

Here’s the full cast alongside the real-life people they’ll play:

Michael Fassbender as Jobs

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A lot of Hollywood superstars were linked to the role of Jobs, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Christian Bale. Ultimately, Michael Fassbender was tapped to redeem the mantle of Jobs on the big screen after Ashton Kutcher’s disastrous performance. No actor can throw a Jobs-size temper tantrum like Bale, but we think Fassbender’s got the full acting range required to capture everything from the Steve Jobs death stare to the epic keynote deliveries.

Kate Winslet as Joanna Hoffman

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The leading lady in Sorkin’s film isn’t former Apple PR queen Katie Cotton, like many were expecting. Instead, Kate Winslet is stepping into the role of Joanna Hoffman, the Macintosh marketing chief that helped make the Mac the hottest computer of the mid-’80s.

Seth Rogen as Woz

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After hackers nearly destroyed Sony Pictures thanks to his film The Interview, Seth Rogen is stepping behind the computer this time to play Apple co-founder and genius engineer Steve Wozniak. There’s not a huge resemblance between Woz and Rogen, but all you really need is a belly, a beard and a chuckle to play Jobs’ lovable sidekick.

Jeff Daniels as Sculley

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The infamous Apple CEO who kicked Jobs out of the company will be played by Jeff Daniels. Tom Hanks was also interested in the role, but Daniels fits the role perfectly as far as looks go. Let’s just hope he brings more Will McAvoy than Harry Dunne to the role.

Katherine Waterston as Chrisann Brennan

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Jobs’ ex-girlfriend and mother of his daughter, Lisa, will be played by actress Katherine Waterson, who just had a breakout role in the Oscar-nominated film Inherent Vice.

Michael Stuhlbarg as Andy Hertzfeld

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Michael Stuhlbarg is probably most known for his role as a Midwestern physics teacher in A Serious Man, but Apple fans will see him play prolific programmer Andy Hertzfeld, who was a member of the original Macintosh development team.

Three different actresses as Lisa Jobs

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Flashbacks will play a critical role in the storytelling of the biopic, and it looks like many of them will feature Jobs’ first daughter, Lisa. Perla Haney-Jardine, Ripley Sobo and Mackenzie Moss will all play Lisa at various stages of her life.

Sarah Snook as Andrea Cunningham

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I’d never heard of Sarah Snook until Universal released the casting list, but she recently starred alongside Ethan Hawke in the well-reviewed movie Predestination. Now she’s ready to step into the role of legendary PR woman Andy Cunningham, who worked alongside Jobs for the launch of the first Macintosh.

Adam Shapiro as Avie Tevanian

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Adam Shapiro is known for his work in Now You See Me and A Single Man. In the Jobs movie, he’ll play Apple’s Senior VP of Software Engineering Avie Tevanian, who followed Jobs from NeXT Computer to Apple.

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  • Dan

    Bummer.
    Seth Rogan, double bummer.

  • JK

    Seth Rogan was the worst possible pick for Woz. I almost don’t want to see the film now just based on his presence.

  • JohnyMyko

    Everything looks good, from writer to director and actors (even though I would prefer Bale and Fincher), but why is Rogen going to be Woz? I don’t get it. Nothing against him, but there’s probably better actors for that role out there.

  • Tim

    JONY. WHERE IS JONY?

    • ajvizz

      This movie doesn’t go that far in Steve Jobs/Apple’s timeline.

      • Nagy Konstantin

        Then who will design the first iMac?

  • Jay Nelson

    I groaned when I saw Rogen. But if he leaves his stupid laugh at the door, maybe he won’t be so bad. All the other actors seem well-cast.

  • BusterH

    Wow lots of hate for Seth Rogen. He did ok in 50/50 and Funny People, which weren’t as silly as his other movies. I actually think he’s the most interesting casting decision and can’t wait to see how he does in a serious role. It’s not like playing Woz requires a lot of emotional depth or anything.

    • https://www.staff.com Carlo Borja

      “t’s not like playing Woz requires a lot of emotional depth or anything.” – this.

  • bdkennedy

    After seeing “Neighbors”, I have no desire to see anything with Seth Rogan in it.

    And if the quality of the movie equals the quality of that movie poster then this movie is going to suck.

    • BusterH

      not a real movie poster. this was just something we made on the fly.

      • RedNinjaX

        A note would help then, I honestly thought that was the legitimate production poster.

      • parrish

        haha that seth rogan photoshop job is terrrrrible!

  • darylayala

    This movie will not be that great because his biography was not that great. He came up with an idea and brilliant people made it possible. The end.

  • Rob Lewis

    The list of characters is amazing. Joanna Hoffman, Andy Hertzfeld, Avie Tevanian being top list castings points to a serious film that respects the real history. I hope they get plenty of screen time because their story is Steve’s story.

  • Armando

    I Believe the poster is showing Jeff Bridges and not Jeff Daniels.

  • TrueNorth_Steve

    i will be sure not to watch this movie for sure..looks like cast of pure silliness..
    I was scorn once with Ashton – don’t need to be scorn again ..

  • Dan Miller

    Not interested based on Seth Rogan and the whole Sony hack the interview crap.

    • RedNinjaX

      Lizard Squad’s next Sony hack will be due to trying to keep this from happening

  • Kate Pearce

    Ugh Fassbender why did you have to get involve in this project? I hope he knows what he’s doing.

  • Kien

    they are horrible actor differents!, “Jobs” film (2013) is best!

  • Jim

    I love Fassbender in general, and imagined him as possibly the next Bond, but I don’t see anything of Jobs in him. Bale would have been perfect, too bad…