December 4th, 2012
11:36 AM ET
The 2013 Sundance Film Festival will have plenty of comedies in competition, but it'll be the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic "jOBS" that will close out the event.
The indie feature, directed by Joshua Michael Stern, covers 30 years of Jobs' life, from his days as a college dropout to becoming a defining figure in technology.
Not to be confused with Aaron Sorkin's biopic of the late visionary, who died in October 2011, "'jOBS' is a candid, inspiring and personal portrait of the one who saw things differently."
Ashton Kutcher, a.k.a. TV's highest-paid actor, stars as the Apple entrepreneur, a casting choice that left some bewildered and others enraged. With the announcement of the film's premiere on Monday, Sundance also released an image of 34-year-old Kutcher dressed as a young Jobs, clad casually in jeans and holding a pair of glasses in his hand.
While the photo alone may not convince the skeptical that Kutcher was the right man for the job, the director of programming at Sundance, Trevor Groth, assures that the actor owns the role.
"We're really excited to have it as the closing night. It's really an inspirational and entertaining film about a man who has had such a significant impact on the world," Groth told USA Today. "My hunch is he got the job because he bears a striking resemblance to Jobs physically. But [Kutcher] really owns the performance."
Joining "jOBS" in the non-competitive portion of the fest will be another highly publicized biopic, "Lovelace." The film stars Amanda Seyfried as "Deep Throat" adult star Linda Lovelace, Peter Sarsgaard as Chuck Traynor and James Franco as Playboy head Hugh Hefner.
To see the full list of films premiering at Sundance, which runs January 17-27, visit Sundance.org.
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