Kutcher, who currently stars on the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men and was last seen on cinema screens in New Year's Eve, isn't the obvious choice to play Jobs, and the official first look doesn't suggest that Kutcher underwent a Daniel Day-Lewis-style transformation for the role. Not relying on Kutcher's hairstyle to sell the character, this image helpfully contains a Mac and a "Think" poster in the background.
jOBS is not the Steve Jobs biopic currently being hashed out by The Social Network writer Aaron Sorkin for Sony Pictures. That project, based partially on the official biography by Walter Isaacson, will be comprised of several sort of vignettes and does not yet have a director or an actor to play the late Jobs. jOBS is instead an independent film from director Joshua Michael Stern and writer Matt Whiteley and is expected to be a more straightforward biopic covering about three decades of his life.
The film does not yet have a distributor, but jOBS is now set to premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival on January 27th. The image above was unveiled as a result of the movie's inclusion in Sundance, along with a synopsis from the festival:
The true story of one of the greatest entrepreneurs in American history, jOBS chronicles the defining 30 years of Steve Jobs’ life. jOBS is a candid, inspiring and personal portrait of the one who saw things differently. Cast: Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons, Matthew Modine.
Given the profile of its subject, it seems likely that jOBS will snag a distributor at Sundance. Besides, the film has a tremendous supporting cast that includes J.K. Simmons, Amanda Crew, Matthew Modine, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, Kevin Dunn, Ron Eldard, and even the wonderfully odd Brett Gelman.