Ashton Kutcher Believes Role of Steve Jobs Was Meant for Him, Says Producer

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A number of people were surprised when news broke over the weekend that Ashton Kutcher will be playing the late Apple wizard Steve Jobs in an upcoming indie biopic – so much so that many wondered if it was an April Fool’s joke.

Well, not only was the report true, Ashton, 34, is now immersing himself into the project so much, he’s canceled all other meetings and future projects.

“He is already meeting with folks that knew Steve Jobs. He’s working with professionals to get inside the voice. He’s letting his hair grow out. I understand he’s canceled all meetings and actually canceled all other projects,” producer Mark Hulme told Flash (via The Daily), adding, “He believes the role was meant for him.”

Given his background in comedy (for years, Ashton starred on That ’70s Show and appeared in a number of movies, from Dude Where’s My Car? to Just Married), there’s a lot at stake for Ashton, who is arguably taking on the most challenging role of his career. Still, Hulme is convinced that Ashton will pull it off.

“The physical resemblance is actually scary … but he himself connects with this man in a very significant way. Of course he’s a big techie. He has a personal affinity to what Steve Jobs accomplished,” he said. “Ashton is a much more intense an individual than a lot of his current roles represent. We are feeling convinced that he’s gonna nail this.”

How this will affect Asthon’s role on Two and A Half Men, which he joined this season following Charlie Sheen’s public departure, remains to be seen; Ashton has yet to renew for another season, though there has been speculation online that he ultimately will – for a hefty payday.

Regardless, this looks to be a big step in the right direction for Ashton, who in the last few months has been the subject of media gossip following allegations that he cheated on his wife, Demi Moore. (Moore has since filed for divorce.)

Steve Jobs died last October following a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 56.

What do you think? Is Ashton actually the right man to play the part, or is this another case of bad casting? Sound off in the comments!