His estranged daughter. Her hippie mother. His marketing maven. His first PR woman.
Steve Jobs’ story gives Sorkin plenty to work with, although now it seems none the scenes I had hoped to see (like shopping for Joan Baez’ red dress) are likely to make the final cut.
In a press release issued the day of Apple’s blowout earnings — and largely overlooked — Universal revealed which actresses had been cast for which parts.
- Lisa Brennan-Jobs, the out-of-wedlock daughter for whom the Lisa computer was named, will be played, at various stages of her life, by Perla Haney-Jardine (Future Weather), Ripley Sobo (Winter’s Tale) and Makenzie Moss (upcoming Do You Believe?)
- Chrisann Brennan, Lisa’s counter-culture mom, will be played by Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice, Being Flynn)
- Joanna Hoffman, who was in charge of marketing the Macintosh and the NeXT, will be played by Kate Winslet (The Reader, Eternal Sunshine of Spotless Mind)
- Andy Cunningham, who ran press interference for Jobs at Apple and NeXT — and was a key source for the Walter Isaacson biography on which Sorkin’s screenplay is based — will be played by Sarah Snook (Predestination).
Sorkin disclosed in Nov. 2012 that the movie will unfold in three “real time” scenes — with flashbacks — built around Jobs’ Macintosh, NeXT and iMac keynotes.
In Hollywood the project is starting to smell like one that might be headed in the other direction. It’s on its second director, its second studio and its third leading man.
But if Sorkin is still fully engaged, so am I.
Below: A Sorkin sampler, from The Newsroom.