The idea that goofball Ashton Kutcher will play visionary Steve Jobs in an upcoming film sounded so ludicrous that when Variety made the announcement yesterday, the Internet cautioned that it could be an April Fools joke. Today is April 2nd, though, and the Variety article still stands. Kutcher will play Jobs in an upcoming film titled Jobs by director Joshua Michael Stern, who also directed Swing Vote. We understand the hesitance to accept this news: Jobs was an American icon, a serious man whose products changed the world. Kutcher, on the other hand, hosted Punk'd. But, just look at that photo above, there's potential there.
Here's why Kutcher is actually an inspired casting choice for Jobs:
They look alike. In biopic territory, this is an important bullet point. Think: Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg, Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles and Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin -- all great acting performances helped by the right look. With Kutcher and Jobs, it's not obvious until looking at a photo of the two next to one another, but Kutcher's got that whispy hair, those slim eyes, that wry smile and even the slight figure.
They're both tech visionaries. Both Kutcher and Jobs can spot tech trends before the rest of us. Jobs created the products, Kutcher invests in them. Kutcher doesn't just throw money at shiny new tech start-ups, his projects have turned into successful ventures. He's put money into Path, AirBnb, Hipmunk, and Flipboard. He was also all up on Twitter before the rest of us.