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OTRC: Ashton Kutcher to star in indie Steve Jobs biopic

Steve Jobs appears in an Apple advertisement. / Ashton Kutcher appears in a still from his 2009 film, 'Spread.' (Apple Inc. / Barbarian Films / Voltage Pictures)

Ashton Kutcher is slated to star as Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in an independent biopic.

The film, entitled "Jobs," is being produced and financed by Mark Hulme of Five Star Institute, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Meanwhile, Sony is planning their own Jobs biopic, based on the computer giant's authorized biography written by Walter Isaacson.

"Jobs" is set to begin filming in May, while Kutcher is on a break from filming the CBS sitcom "Two and a Half Men." Joshua Michael Stern ("Swing Vote") has signed on to direct the indie flick, which promises to follow Jobs' rise from hippie to billionaire.

The resemblance between a young Steve Jobs and Kutcher has been brought up in the past and the pair even match in stature, both being 6'2" tall. The former "That 70's Show" star has also had a hand in technology, investing in and promoting numerous web start-ups.

Kutcher was one of the first celebrities to react to the news of Jobs' death, writing on Twitter on October 5, "Today we lost a Giant who will be missed even by those who didn't know him. We have all surfed on the wake of Steve Jobs ship. Now we must learn to sail, but we will never forget our skipper."

The 56-year old computer entrepreneur and inventor had battled cancer in 2004 and underwent a liver transplant in 2009 after taking a leave of absence for unspecified health problems.

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