Looks like Ashton Kutcher is getting into character as Steve Jobs in the upcoming biopic.
TMZ has a series of snaps of the 34-year-old actor in Los Angeles dressed in the Apple co-founder's black polo neck, stonewash denim and New Balance trainers. And it's not a bad likeness.
Kutcher was on the way to the set of the film, tentatively titled Jobs: Get Inspired. I hope that title changes before release.
When I heard Kutcher would be donning the polo neck to play Jobs, I thought it was a joke. But then it was 1 April. The film will show Jobs founding Apple in a garage on April Fool's Day in 1976, through to him getting fired and eventually his return in 1997. And, of course, its subsequent turnaround into the tech behemoth it is today.
The film is directed by Joshua Michael Stern, who also worked on Swing Vote and The Contractor with Wesley Snipes. Matt Whiteley wrote the script. Whiteley has no other credits on IMDB, but let's not hold that against him. Josh Gad will play Steve Wozniak, though whether a scene has been hastily inserted in which he enthuses about Windows Phone remains to be seen.
Kutcher seems pretty tech savvy, considering he was the first person to reach a million followers on Twitter (being Demi Moore's toy boy may have helped there), and his involvement in VoIP startup Ooma. But does he have the skills to play as complex a man as Jobs?
It's not Jobs' first appearance in a fictionalised account. In 1999, ER star Noah Wyle played Jobs in the made-for-TV movie Pirates of Silicon Valley, with Anthony Michael Hall as Bill Gates. But this is set to be the biggest Jobs movie to date. And The Social Network proved there is an appetite for tech stories on film, so it could be huge.
Is Kutcher right for the role? If not, who should play Jobs? Let me know below or on Facebook.