First look: Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs
Cape Town - The first official photograph of Ashton Kutcher as late Apple guru Steve Jobs in the a biopic entitled jOBS
has been released.
On Tuesday it was announced that jOBS
will close Robert Redford's annual Sundance Film Festival in late January 2013.
The independent film, directed by Joshua Michael Stern, also stars Josh Gad as fellow Apple founder Steve Wozniak, alongside Dermot Mulroney, Lukas Haas, James Woods and Matthew Modine.jObs
covers 30 years of Jobs' life, from his days as a college dropout to becoming a tech pioneer who passed away in October 2011.
In the photo Ashton, who currently stars on Two and Half Men
, can be seen portraying a young Jobs and recreates a photo of Jobs taken during the early years of Apple.
The casting of 34-year-old Ashton in the role initially drew a wave of criticism, but the director of programming at Sundance, Trevor Groth, assures that the actor owns the role.
"We're really excited to have it as the closing night. It's really an inspirational and entertaining film about a man who has had such a significant impact on the world," Groth told USA Today.
"My hunch is he got the job because he bears a striking resemblance to Jobs physically. But [Kutcher] really owns the performance."
An official release date is yet to be confirmed.