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Jeff Daniels to join Jobs film?

Jeff Daniels is in talks to join Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs film.

The 59-year-old actor, who won an Emmy award for his performance in The Newsroom, is the British filmmaker's "top choice" to play former Apple CEO John Sculley in the biopic, reported The Wrap.

The role would reunite him with his Newsroom collaborators, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and producer Scott Rudin.

Michael Fassbender is said to have "closed" his deal to portray the late Apple co-founder, with Seth Rogen to co-star as Jobs' close confidante and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

The search is on for a leading lady, after Natalie Portman decided not to take the role of former Mac marketing chief Joanna Hoffman.

John Sculley, who served as Apple's CEO from 1983 to 1993, was among Jobs' inner circle and included in discussions over the technological developments.

The as-yet-untitled film, which has been written by Aaron and adapted from Walter Isaacson's authorised biography of Jobs, is expected to follow the technological founder during three stressful, high-profile product launches, including the first Macintosh in 1984 and Apple's 2001 debut of the iPod.

Production on the movie, which will now be backed by Universal, is scheduled to start in the spring.

Jeff, who starred in Speed, Good Night And Good Luck and Terms Of Endearment, recently reprised his role as Harry Dunne in Dumb And Dumber To. He will also appear in Ridley Scott's The Martian alongside Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain.

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