Universal Pictures will look to tempt the Academy with an October 9 release date for its Steve Jobs biopic. The movie's rollercoaster development has been well publicized, though the film boasts a strong pedigree with Danny Boyle directing, Aaron Sorkin providing the script and Michael Fassbender playing the technology genius.

Michael FassbenderMichael Fassbender plays Steve Jobs in Danny Boyle's biopic

At Sony, the picture had attracted the likes of Christian Bale and Leonardo DiCaprio though both dropped out and the studio eventually binned the project. They made live to regret that decision, with Universal having since acquired a stunning cast.

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As well as Fassbender, Kate Winslet will play Macintosh marketing chief Joanna Hoffman, Seth Rogen as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Jeff Daniels as former Apple CEO John Sculley. Elsewhere, Katherine Waterston plays Jobs' ex-girlfriend Chrisann Brennan and Michael Stuhlbarg plays Andy Hertzfeld - one of the key members of Apple's development team.

As for box-office competition, Steve Jobs will go up against Warner Bros/New Line comedy reboot Vacation, Disney's disaster epic The Finest Hours and Fox's thriller Kidnap, starring Halle Berry. 

Seth RogenSeth Rogen plays co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak

Interestingly, Sorkin has written the movie in three long scenes, each focusing on one of Apple's notorious production launches. The first will look at the Macintosh in 1984, the second, NeXT in 1998 and the final scene will focus on the iMac in 1998. According to reports, the scenes will take place in real time in "two auditoriums, a restaurant and a garage."

Fassbender has another high-profile movie for release in the fall 2016, with the long-delayed Assassin's Creed adaptation hitting screens on December 21.

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