As you may have heard, Steve Jobs will be getting the Ashton Kutcher treatment in “jOBS“, the first biopic to be released since the Apple co-founder passed away last year. Not to be confused with Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Walter Isaacson’s biography, jOBS reportedly covers the forty “definitive” years of Jobs’ life, beginning in 1971.
A lot of questions surrounded the project when it began filming this summer, and now it looks like those are going to be answered very soon — and at Sundance, no less. Yep, the Sundance Institute announced today that the film will make its public debut on the final night of Sundance.
The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported the news, caught up with Trevor Groth, the festival’s director of programming, who said that jOBS was chosen to close the event because “there’s something inspirational about it. To see what he achieved by just staying true to his vision is something that I think a lot of people can relate to and get hope from.”
There has been a lot of interest swirling around the film since rumors of it became reality, amplified by TMZ’s “captured images” that surfaced showing Kutcher ambling around the set in Jobs’ characteristic black turtleneck and New Balances. Kutcher, as we reported back in July, is indeed taking the gig very seriously, even slipping into some method acting and staying in character.
Aside from Kutcher-Jobs, the biopic’s lineup includes director Joshua Michael Stern, was written by first-time-screenwriter Matt Whiteley and includes appearances from Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, Matthew Modine, and J.K. Simmons.
It should be interesting, and although there’s been no definitive word on when audiences can expect jOBS to hit the theaters, there’s no better way to kick things off than with an appearance at Sundance. jOBS, which will be featured alongside 17 other films, is set to debut on January 27, 2013.
For more, check out our coverage from the set of jOBS, right … here.
Image via Sundance/Hollywood Reporter.