Steve Jobs movie will close BFI London Film Festival

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Kate Winslet, middle, praises the portrayal of Steve Jobs by Michael Fassbender (right).
Kate Winslet, middle, has praised the portrayal of Steve Jobs by Michael Fassbender (right).
Photo: Universal Pictures

European Apple fans wanting to have a sneak preview of Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs biopic will get the chance if they attend the closing night of the BFI London Film Festival on October 18.

While we’ve expressed our concerns about the fact Michael Fassbender seemingly looks nothing like Apple’s late co-founder, the movie is still a tantalizing prospect — not least because of the combined talents of Newsroom and West Wing writer Aaron Sorkin and Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle.

In a statement to the BFI, Boyle says that:

“If London was the cradle of the Industrial Revolution then San Francisco is the Bethlehem of the digital one. We had a brilliant time making this movie in Silicon Valley and I hope Londoners will enjoy a behind-the-scenes look into the making of the modern world. It’s always special to bring work home so thanks to BFI London Film Festival for their continued support.”

The October 18 screening comes a few weeks before the theatrical release of Steve Jobs, which arrives in U.K. theaters on November 13.

U.S. audiences will meanwhile get a chance to check out the movie at an October 3 screening as part of the 53rd annual New York Film Festival, ahead of its October 9 theatrical release.

As noted, the film stars Fassbender as Jobs, along with Seth Rogen, Kate Winslet, Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlbarg and and Katherine Waterston playing a variety of other names from the Apple story.

The biopic is based on the bajillion-selling 2011 Walter Isaacson biography. Given that Apple has now distanced itself from that portrait of its former CEO, we wonder what the company reaction to this new movie is going to be. After all, Apple certainly hasn’t been shy about slating projects it disagrees with as of late.

Via: iMore