Eight months after coping with the news that Ashton Kutcher would be playing Steve Jobs in an upcoming biopic of the late Apple founder, film and Apple fans are now beginning to grapple with the first official photo of Kutcher in character. Courtesy of the Sundance Film Festival, which, just moments ago, announced that jOBS—weird capitalization choice theirs, not ours—would premiere at this year’s festival, the photo shows the Two and a Half Men lead in a cubicle. Outfitted in a button-down shirt, jeans, and a goatee—Kutcher’s Jobs, who leans against a desk in front of a poster bearing the IBM slogan THINK—bears an eerie resemblance to a vintage photo of an actual Steve Jobs floating around on the Internet. That vintage photo also features Steve Jobs’s Jobs in a button-down shirt, jeans, and a goatee, leaning against a desk in front of a poster bearing the IBM slogan THINK. Since these two nearly identical photos provide for the best game of “Can You Tell the Difference?” ever, we’ll start . . .
Ashton Kutcher has better lighting, is directly facing the camera, and appears to have a cabinet and computer on his desk. Steve Jobs wore a metallic watch (unlike Kutcher’s black watch), sat on a wooden table, and had an artificial apple obstructing the view of his THINK poster.
Play along—and weigh in on Kutcher’s uncanny resemblance to Steve Jobs—below.
Sundance describes the film as the “true story of one of the greatest entrepreneurs in American history,” which “chronicles the defining 30 years of Steve Jobs’ Life.” jOBS also stars Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, J. K. Simmons, and Matthew Modine. It will premiere as the closing-night film during the film festival, which runs from January 17 to January 27 in Park City, Utah.