Academy Award-winning actor George Clooney is rumored to be up for the title role in an unnamed biopic about Steve Jobs.
The star is among leading men considered for the role, along with actor and fellow television cast-mate Noah Wyle, according to an unconfirmed report by Britain’s Now Magazine.
The actors both had stints as doctors on the long-running medical drama, ER.
Wyle played the young Jobs in the 1999 made-for-television film, “Pirates of Silicon Valley,” based on the book “Fire in the Valley: The Making of The Personal Computer” by Paul Freiberger and Michael Swaine. The book dramatized the rise of the personal computer and the rivalry between Jobs’ Apple and Microsoft’s Bill Gates, played by Michael Anthony Hall.
Wyle also impersonated Jobs at the 1999 Macworld convention.
Jobs died of pancreatic cancer on Oct. 6., and ever since, the Internet has been abuzz about making his life into a movie.
Sony bought the movie rights to Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography, according to the Los Angeles Times that also reported that “Social Network” writer Aaron Sorkin was among a short list of screenwriters considered.
Since news of the Sony deal broke, Internet chatter has batted around names for possibilities who would be best suited to play both the younger and older Jobs.
Robert Downey, Jr., Ashton Kutcher, Christopher Walken, Sasha Baron Cohen, Gerard Butler, Liam Neeson, Ryan Reynolds, Christian Bale, Daniel Radcliff, Ben Stiller, Leonardo DiCaprio, John Malkovich, Ryan Gosling, and even Steve Buscemi are all top contenders for the role of the late Apple CEO.
Clooney was nominated for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for the Edward R. Murrow biopic “Good Night, and Good Luck.” Clooney also won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in the 2005 political thriller “Syriana.”
The film is expected to begin filming next year.