According to the myth of Apple, one businessman inadvertently kick-started the future of the company simply by firing an eccentric inventor named Steve Jobs. Matthew Modine has taken on the role of former Apple CEO John Sculley to Ashton Kutcher's Steve Jobs in the movie officially known as "jOBS," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Jobs actually reached out to Sculley to become Apple's CEO. After an intense power struggle, Sculley had Jobs canned from the company he co-founded with Steve Wozniak. After Jobs' ouster from Apple, he founded a new computer company called NeXT, which he later sold to Apple. He also acquired Pixar, the animation studio that has revolutionized CG animation and made buckets of money. He returned to Apple in 1996 as CEO and revitalized the company.
"jOBS" will focus on Jobs' life and work from 1971 through 2000. Josh Gad has also joined the cast as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Filming will kick off this month.
Modine's said in an official statement, "It's my feeling -- and I think there's a lot of people who feel -- that had John Sculley not fired Steve Jobs from Apple Computers and [let] Steve go on the journey that he did when he was away from Apple Computers, that we wouldn't be speaking about Steve Jobs today."
Modine kicked off his career in the '80s with a panoply of roles in movies that include "Full Metal Jacket" and "Married to the Mob" and later went on to appear in "Short Cuts" and "Any Given Sunday." You'll be able to catch him this summer in full IMAX glory as Deputy Commissioner Foley in "The Dark Knight Rises."