Michael Fassbender is tipped to replace Christian Bale in the upcoming Steve Jobs film.
The X-Men star is in talks for the part of the late Apple co-founder in Oscar-winner Danny Boyle's film, after Christian left the project, reported The Wrap.
However, the Irish actor's talks are said to be in the early stages.
It emerged this week that American Hustle star Christian had decided to pass on the as-yet-untitled biopic, with sources telling the Hollywood Reporter that he decided to withdraw after "much deliberation and conflicting feelings" before coming to the conclusion he was not right for it.
He was the second high-profile actor to be approached by Sony, following Leonardo DiCaprio, who was also previously linked to the part.
The movie, which has been written by Aaron Sorkin, had been expected to start shooting in coming months, and it is unclear how Christian's departure will affect the schedules.
Seth Rogen and Jessica Chastain are also thought to have parts in the film, with Seth tipped to play Apple's co-founder Steve Wozniak and Jessica linked to an unspecified role.
The movie is the second film about Steve Jobs, following 2013's Jobs, which starred Ashton Kutcher as the tech creator and Josh Gad as Wozniak.