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Leonardo DiCaprio no longer in talks to play Steve Jobs in Sony-backed biopic

Leonardo DiCaprio, who was previously in talks to play the lead role in director Danny Boyle's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, has reportedly turned down the offer and will instead take an extended hiatus from acting.

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According to a Thursday report from The Hollywood Reporter, DiCaprio is no longer tied to the forthcoming film focusing on Apple cofounder Steve Jobs.

Citing sources familiar with the matter, the publication says DiCaprio was in talks to take on the role after filming another movie titled "The Revenant," but decided to ditch the Jobs biopic altogether. Instead of shooting two films back-to-back, he will take an extended break from acting after "The Revenant" wraps.

DiCaprio was first rumored to play Jobs in April, when Boyle reportedly approached him for the role. The pair previously worked together on "The Beach" in 2000.

For now, the lead spot is vacant, though Sony is reportedly looking to involve Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Bradley Cooper.

DiCaprio is the latest Hollywood big wig to pull out of the project and follows director David Fincher, who exited after demanding $10 million in up front payment and full control over marketing.

The only person confirmed to be on board is screenwriter Aaron Sorkin ("The Social Network"), who penned a screenplay based on Walter Isaacson's biography "Jobs."

If the as yet unnamed film goes into production and sees release, it will be the second attempt at a Jobs biopic since the tech guru died in 2011. The independent film "Jobs," starring Ashton Kutcher and Josh Gad, saw nationwide release in June, but failed to garner critical acclaim.