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Christian Bale confirmed to play Steve Jobs in Sorkin biopic

Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin has confirmed the "Dark Knight" actor will go from Gotham to Silicon Valley in a new biopic of the Apple co-founder.

Welsh-born actor Christian Bale on stage promoting "American Hustle" in 2014. Getty Images

From one black-clad billionaire industrialist to another: "Dark Knight" star Christian Bale has been confirmed to play Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in a biopic written by Aaron Sorkin.

Sorkin confirmed Bale's appointment on Thursday in an interview with Bloomberg, in which he revealed the Welsh-born, Oscar-winning actor didn't even have to audition. According to Sorkin, who wrote the screenplay for "Jobs" based on the officially endorsed autobiography by Walter Isaacson, every frame of the film will feature Bale.

Rather than being a straight-up chronological biopic like last year's biopic starring Ashton Kutcher in the main role (also titled "Jobs") Sorkin's screenplay is reported to focus on three crucial keynote speeches during the late Apple co-founder's career.

Sorkin has previously tackled the technology industry with the Oscar and BAFTA-winning screenplay for " The Social Network", directed by David Fincher and starring Jesse Eisenberg as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Fincher was connected to Sorkin's Jobs movie for Sony, but is now reported to have dropped out.

Long rumoured to be a front-runner for the role as Steve Jobs -- and purportedly up against biopic-lover Leonardo DiCaprio -- Bale is best known for playing billionaire Bruce Wayne and his alter ego Batman in three films over the past few years. He won the Academy Award for best supporting actor in 2011 for "The Fighter" and was Oscar-nominated for his role in "American Hustle" this year. Having made his breakthrough as a child actor in Steven Spielberg's "Empire of the Sun", Bale will next appear as Moses in Ridley Scott's "Exodus: Gods and Kings".