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Aaron Sorkin says Steve Jobs' daughter Lisa is the hero of his film

Aaron Sorkin says Steve Jobs' daughter Lisa is the hero of his film


Real-life Lisa didn't participate in Isaacson's bio but spoke with Sorkin about the script

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We still don't know who is going to play the titular character in Aaron Sorkin / Danny Boyle's upcoming Steve Jobs film — Christian Bale recently dropped out, and the currently-rumored frontrunner is Michael Fassbender. In an interview with The Independent, Sorkin says a casting announcement is imminent, but more interestingly, Sorkin also provides a new take on the focus on his Jobs film (which, he stresses, is not a "biopic"), including a larger role for Jobs' daughter, Lisa:

"With The Social Network, I was interested in the psychology of the world's most successful social networking system being invented by the world's most anti-social guy. And in the case of Steve Jobs, it's the relationships he had — particularly with his daughter, Lisa — that drew me to it," he says. Jobs initially denied paternity of his daughter, now 36, though they later reconnected and she lived with him in her teens. "She didn't participate in Walter Isaacson's book, because her father was alive at the time, and she didn't want to alienate either of her parents, so I was very grateful that she was willing to spend time with me," says Sorkin. "She is the heroine of the movie."

The 181-page script is still reportedly a three-act story "set backstage before three of Jobs' major product launches spanning 16 years" (it's a little more than 16 years, but our guess would be 1983's Macintosh debut, 1988's NeXT Introduction, and 2001's iPod reveal, which Sorkin himself revealed in 2012).

If that's still the case, how Lisa will be incorporated — how she will find herself backstage — will be interesting, to say the least. In the same interview, Sorkin addresses Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's thoughts on his portrayal in The Social Network: "People don't live their lives in the same narrative structure as a movie; our lives don't play out in a series of scenes; people don't speak in dialogue — so that was made up."

According to THR, the role of Jobs' daughter is still being cast, with actresses reading lines from The Newsroom's second season in order to keep the biopic script a secret. The studio has reportedly courted Jessica Chastain for an unspecified role.