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Christian Bale to play Steve Jobs in upcoming biopic

Christian Bale as he arrives on the red

Christian Bale as he arrives on the red carpet for the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California on March 2, 2014. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Robyn Beck

Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin confirmed Thursday a previous report that Christian Bale would play the title role in the upcoming film biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

"It's like the NFL draft," Sorkin, 53, told Bloomberg TV. "There are some people who . . . [say] 'We need to draft a middle inside linebacker who can do . . . .' And some other teams say, 'Who's the best athlete on the board?' We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that's Chris Bale."

Bale, 40, who won a Supporting Actor Oscar for "The Fighter" and earned an Actor nomination for "American Hustle," "didn't have to audition," Sorkin said, allowing that, "Well, there was a meeting."

Oscar-winner Sorkin adapted Walter Isaacson's 2011 book "Steve Jobs" for the Danny Boyle-directed film. Ashton Kutcher already portrayed the tech visionary in the 2013 biopic "Jobs."

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