Clooney Jobs – George Clooney is competing for the Steve Jobs role with Noah Wyle.
In the upcoming movie about Apple’s late CEO and co-founder, ‘The Descendants’ star may take the lead. However, it is also rumored that Noah Wyle is a contender.
According to the U.K.’s NOW Magazine, the actor, 50, is battling with the 40-year-old Wyle for the right to play the Apple co-founder. Filming of the movie is expected to start in 2012.
Both actors starred on the NBC medical drama “ER” as doctors. The bulk of George Clooney’s appearances as Dr. Doug Ross came between 1994 and 1999, while Wyle’s Dr. John Carter held a lead role from 1994 to 2005.
The rumored inclusion of Wyle is also significant because the actor already played Steve Jobs once, in the 1999 TV movie “Pirates of Silicon Valley,” which told the story of the development of the personal computer and the rivalry between Apple and Microsoft. The film also featured Anthony Michael Hall as Bill Gates, and Joey Slotnick as Steve Wozniak.
After Jobs passed away in October, Sony acquired the rights to the new biography of the Apple co-founder authored by Walter Isaacson. When the book went on sale later that month, it became an instant hit, and is already one of the top-selling titles of 2011. Filmmakers were on a mission to find the right actor to play the part and Clooney was brought up a dozen times.