US actor Matthew Modine has signed on to play John Sculley in the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, entitled jOBS.
The Full Metal Jacket star has been cast in the role of Sculley, former Pepsi-Cola CEO, who was recruited by Jobs to help lead Apple in 1983. The infamous troubled relationship that resulted between the two was said to have been the reason Jobs was fired from Apple soon after in 1985. Sculley’s reign at Apple lasted from 1983 – 1993.
Modina will join cast members Ashton Kutcher in the role of Steve Jobs and Josh Gad as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, according to a report by US Weekly who spoke with the actor to discuss his new role and the impact Sculley had on Apple .
“The interesting thing about that is some people may look at John Sculley as a villain in the story, an antagonist in the story,” Modine told the publication.
“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 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.”
Written by Aaron Sorkin, the biopic will document the life of Steve Jobs as a visionary in the tech industry, highlighting important periods throughout his illustrious career. jOBS is slated for release in spring this year.