Who will play Woz in the Steve Jobs movie with Ashton Kutcher?

Woz loves Kutcher in the role of Jobs, but he's keeping mum on who will play the other Steve.

Who can best channel The Woz? James Martin/CNET

It was the April Fools' prank that turned out to be real -- Ashton Kutcher will be playing Steve Jobs in an indie movie about the icon's life.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak quickly gave his endorsement of the actor, who currently makes up somewhere between 20 and 40 percent of the title on the show "Two and a Half Men."

Woz said in a statement published by TMZ: "The fear that many might have is that Kutcher was selected because he's 'hot' right now. But I feel that his selection was done in the most professional manner. And I'm glad that he's onboard."

Maybe Woz was a fan of "That 70's Show"? Or is it just the fact that he's one of the nicest guys in Silicon Valley who's never disparaged another carbon-based life form? It will be interesting to see whether Kutcher can truly pull off the turtleneck and jeans.

And more importantly, who will play Woz?

Some of us at CNET have been tossing around the question, and Jonah Hill was one of the first to come up. Something about him and Kutcher portraying two of the greatest American tech visionaries just doesn't sit right with me, though. I dread the added scene where Steve and Steve take a bong hit and make a run to White Castle for inspiration.

Time came up with a list of possible Hollywood notables for the role, and I have similar concerns about Seth Rogen. But for some reason I'd like to see Kevin Smith give it a shot, if for no reason other than creating the ultimate trio of tech, film and comic-book geek awesomeness.

In the end though, I think one dynamic duo could pull off the perfect Woz: Zach Galifianakis in the role of young Woz and John Goodman for the elder version. Forget the insanity of their roles in "The Hangover" or "The Big Lebowski," Galifianakis and Goodman have the same unassuming charm of the man himself -- I can already picture them tinkering in the garage with Jobs or waiting in line for the iPad.

Speaking of that unassuming charm, I asked Wozniak himself if he had anyone in mind who could do a good him. He responded that he couldn't comment for a number of reasons:

"The main one is that I'm no expert on casting," Wozniak said in an e-mail.

 

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