Universal has announced its primary cast for the Steve Jobs biopic that it took off the hands for Sony after a farcical pre-production period that involved various actors and directors walking away from the project.

Michael FassbenderMichael Fassbender will play Steve Jobs in Aaron Sorkin's drama

With Michael Fassbender playing the late Apple CEO, Steve Jobs will also star Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak, Kate Winslet as the former Mac marketing boss Joanna Hoffman and Jeff Daniels as former Apple CEO John Sculley. Elsewhere, Katherine Waterston will play Jobs' ex-girlfriend Chrisann Brennan and Michael Stuhlbarg portrays one of the Mac's original developers Andy Hertzfeld. Perla Haney-Jardine, Ripley Sobo, Makenzie Moss, Sarah Snook and Adam Shapiro round out the cast.

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Written by The West Wing's Aaron Sorkin, the movie is based on Water Isaacson's bestselling biography of Jobs. The picture is being produced by Mark Gordon, Guymon Casady, Scott Rudin and Christian Colson.

Seth RogenSeth Rogen will play Steve Wozniak in the Jobs movie

Initially conceived at Sony, the project began as a potential movie for Leonardo DiCaprio but the Hollywood star walked away earlier on. Oscar-winning director David Fincher joined before departing in a reported dispute over money. Christian Bale agreed to play Jobs but apparently struggled with his preparations and eventually left.

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Universal began shooting the project at the La Mediterranee restaurant on College Avenue in Berkeley on Wednesday (January 28), with Fassbender, Winslet, Daniels and Rogen apparently shooting an indoor scene. Period cars of the 1980s were spotted around the set. 

Films buffs will remember the area as a setting for The Graduate as well as several key scenes in Mrs Doubtfire. The H. Tulanian & Sons Rug Company, a short walk from the La Méditerranée, was transformed into the African Queen Bookstore for Whoopi Goldberg's movie Made in America.