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The theatrical trailer for the Steve Jobs biopic, "Jobs," has been released, giving viewers a closer look at Ashton Kutcher in the title role, as well as a better sense of the span of the film.
The trailer is the longest look viewers have gotten to date at Kutcher as Jobs in the controversial film. The biopic, originally set to open in theaters this past April, is now slated for release on August 16.
"Jobs" is one of two pictures based on the life of the Apple co-founder. The other, to be penned by "The Social Network" scribe Aaron Sorkin, Sorkin describes his film as "a play in three scenes" in real-time backstage footage at different Apple product launches.
"Jobs," on the other hand, spans much of the life of the late Apple icon. The theatrical trailer shows the movie going from at least the development of the personal computer on through the debut of the iPod, with a bearded Kutcher as Jobs visible for a fraction of a second.
The Kutcher film, which also stars Josh Gad in the role of Steve Wozniak, has come under some criticism since it was announced. Kutcher initially said he believed the role of Jobs was meant for him, and called the script "award worthy." When early footage emerged, though, it was panned by Steve Wozniak, who said that the portrayal of Jobs was "so far from anything that really happened" that the Apple co-founder would have been "offended and embarrassed."
Kutcher and Gad appeared at this year's Macworld conference to discuss the film and perhaps do damage control in the wake of Wozniak's comments. The film, they said, was done with the "utmost love, admiration, and respect."