April 1, 2012 / 11:38 PM / 5 years ago

Ashton Kutcher to portray Steve Jobs in movie: report

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U.S. actor Ashton Kutcher arrives for Colcci's Winter 2012 collection during Sao Paulo Fashion Week January 22, 2012.Nacho Doce

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Ashton Kutcher will play Steve Jobs in a movie about the late Apple co-founder from his early days as a "wayward hippie" up through to his technology ventures, according to show business publication Variety.

The independent film "Jobs" is based on a script by Matt Whiteley and will be directed by Joshua Michael Stern ("Swing Vote").

A separate movie project about Jobs, based on the 2011 biography by Walter Isaacson, is being developed at Sony Pictures Studios.

Kutcher, who replaced Charlie Sheen on the long-running television sitcom "Two and a Half Men," is scheduled to shoot the movie during that TV series' production hiatus.

Kutcher's big-screen credits include "Valentine's Day," "What Happens in Vegas" and "The Butterfly Effect."

Reporting by Sheri Linden; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte

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