Sony documents show Aaron Sorkin wanted Tom Cruise to star in Steve Jobs biopic

The development of Aaron Sorkin’s upcoming Steve Jobs biopic has been a troubled one, with the film ultimately being picked up by Universal Pictures after Sony unceremoniously dropped it last month. Now, emails leaked with the recent Sony breach reveal that Sorkin originally wanted Tom Cruise to play the lead role. However, it was the decision to go with Michael Fassbender that caused Sony to drop the movie altogether.

According to Ars Technica, Sorkin sent a series of emails on October 31st — just days before Christian Bale was officially out as Jobs— naming Cruise as the ideal choice, even saying he could put on a “dazzling performance:”

I just got off the phone with Danny who’s concerned about the age but I think I got him…

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