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Natalie Portman rumored for troubled Steve Jobs biopic

A second major Hollywood star could soon join the Aaron Sorkin-penned Steve Jobs biopic, according to a Wednesday report, with actress Natalie Portman said to be in discussions with Universal over a role in the film.




While it is unclear what role Portman would play, she would seem to best fit that of Jobs's daughter Lisa, from whom Jobs was long estranged before reconciling later in life. The discussions were first reported by Deadline.

Screenwriter Sorkin has previously suggested that Lisa would play a crucial role in the film, which is said to revolve around three high-pressure product introductions: the Mac, iPod, and iPhone.

If Portman— best known from her roles in Star Wars, V for Vendetta, and Thor— does become attached, she could reunite with German actor Michael Fassbender, with whom she recently teamed up on a mystery project from director Terrence Malick. Fassbender was approached for the role of Jobs after Christian Bale passed.

The Jobs film, which screenwriter Sorkin is adapting from Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography, has suffered a number of setbacks. Both Bale and director David Fincher have declined to participate after being attached, and the project was recently dropped by Sony after some two years in development.

It was picked up less than a week later by Universal, however, with Fincher replacement Danny Boyle and Fassbender reportedly on board. Seth Rogen is also said to be in final talks to play Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak.