After Hollywood superstar Natalie Portman allegedly passed on the role, director Danny Boyle has reportedly settled on relatively unknown actress Perla Haney-Jardine to play Steve Jobs's once-estranged daughter Lisa in the upcoming film biopic about the mercurial former Apple CEO.
If true, Haney-Jardine — Â most famous for her supporting roles in Kill Bill Vol. 2 and Spider-Man 3 — Â would join Michael Fassbender, Seth Rogen, Kate Winslet, and Jeff Daniels on the project. Haney-Jardine's attachment was first noted by the Hollywood Reporter.
The role of Jobs's daughter is said to be among the most important in the film, with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin going so far as to call Lisa the movie's "heroine." Living up to that billing will be a tall order for Haney-Jardine in the ensemble cast, with Fassbender as Steve Jobs, Rogen playing Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, and Daniels as John Sculley, the executive that forced Jobs out of the company.
Winslet's role remains unknown. British actress Katherine Waterston is signed on to play Lisa's mother Chrisann Brennan, and it is unclear which other female parts will be cast, though powerful former Apple PR chief Katie Cotton and Jobs's wife Laurene seem likely to make the cut.
Also reported on Tuesday was the acquisition of the film's producer, the Mark Gordon Company, by Canadian entertainment conglomerate Entertainment One. The deal is unlikely to affect Jobs, as the long-troubled production appears to be headed in the right direction after months of uncertainty that saw major Hollywood players drop out and the film placed in turnaround by original studio Sony.