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The Ashton Kutcher-led indie biopic of Steve Jobs has just added another key component, the Costello to Jobs' Abbott, the impish prankster genius to his driven Buddha magnate: Steve Wozniak.
Woz and Jobs are virtually synonymous, and The Hollywood Reporter announced that Joshua Michael Stern's "Jobs" has chosen Josh Gad, Tony-nominated star of Broadway's smash hit "The Book of Mormon," to play the eccentric engineer who stood side by side with the recently deceased CEO at the forefront of the silicon revolution.
Wozniak met Jobs in 1970 when the latter was still in high school, and together the two of them founded a little "fruit company," as Forrest Gump would say, called Apple Computers. Wozniak was the sole inventor of the original Apple I personal computer, which he sold out of Jobs' parents' garage.
A few years later, Woz was the primary designer of the hugely successful Apple II, which remained in production until 1993. By the time the early '80s rolled around things began to sour between he and Jobs and, after surviving a plane crash and several other failed projects, Woz more or less abandoned Apple for endeavors like universal remotes, GPS and teaching fifth grade. He still owns stock in Apple, is affectionately referred to as Apple Employee #1, and has a net worth somewhere north of $100-million smackers.
Gad is best known to movie audiences as the Jack Black-esque brother of Jake Gyllenhaal in "Love and Other Drugs," and has also appeared in "The Rocker" and "Crossing Over."
While Woz has yet to speak out about Gad portraying him, he did tell TMZ that Kutcher's casting "was done in the most professional manner and I'm glad that he's onboard. I think he'll put a lot into it and that he cares about this particular subject."
Hopefully the biopic will help Woz step out from under the über-successful Jobs' shadow, or at least make people forget how he wore a pink boa on "Dancing With The Stars."