Casting Net: Matthew Modine in Jobs biopic, 'Slave' adds two more to all-star cast
• Matthew Modine will appear in the Steve Jobs biopic jOBS alongside Ashton Kutcher. Modine will play former Pepsi-Cola CEO John Sculley, whom Jobs recruited to lead Apple in 1983. It was previously announced that The Book of Mormon star Josh Gad will also join the cast as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in the film, due out this fall.
• Paul Giamatti (Rock of Ages) and Sarah Paulson (Game Change) have joined the cast of Twelve Years a Slave, the Steve McQueen-directed drama based on Solomon Northrup’s 1853 historical recounting of a free man who was sold into slavery. The film’s previously announced stars include Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, who will play the book’s author. [Variety]
• And in more Civil War-era casting news, Jason Patric is out and The Killing‘s Billy Campbell is in on the upcoming Civil War feature Copperhead, which centers on two feuding families in 1883. Patric was asked to leave the film over disputes with director Ron Maxwell, according to reports. [Deadline]