April 1, 2012 / 11:38 PM / 6 years ago

Ashton Kutcher to portray Steve Jobs in movie: report

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.

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

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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