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Guess who might play Steve Wozniak in upcoming Jobs film?

The original geek behind Apple is rumored to be played by one of Hollywood's original geeks in the upcoming Aaron Sorkin flick inspired by Steve Jobs' biography.

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The rumor around Hollywood is that modern tech's O.G. (original geek) will be portrayed by one of the O.G.s from the current generation of comedic actors.

Seth Rogen, whose career was launched on the short-lived cult classic NBC show "Freaks and Geeks," is set to play Apple co-founder and former solder-master Steve Wozniak in an upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, according to reports from Variety and The Wrap.

The second major Jobs movie, following the lackluster "Jobs," starring Ashton Kutcher in the lead role and Josh Gad as Wozniak ( Woz was also critical of the film), is shaping up to be quite the star-studded affair, with Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire") helming a script by Aaron Sorkin (TV's "The West Wing") and surly Batman Christian Bale in the role of Jobs.

Rogen's Woz is likely to be much different than Gad's portrayal, if for no other reason than that the upcoming Jobs movie will focus on the latter half of Jobs' life when Apple was already a household name. This means Rogen's Woz will likely have less time onscreen than Gad's did, as a significant part of the film is said to focus on Apple product launches after Woz was out of the picture.

If Sorkin and Boyle have any sense of what makes fine cinema, hopefully they'll take advantage of the likable, happy-go-lucky demeanor shared by both Rogen and Wozniak in recent decades. Obviously, there's no better way to do this than to script a scene involving Wozniak's Segway polo team. That's a scene that would seem to be custom-made for Rogen.

There's one interest I'm not sure Wozniak and Rogen share, however; I can't recall many of Rogen's movies in which he doesn't smoke a joint at some point. Perhaps if we don't get to see Rogen as Woz riding a Segway, we'll see him riding the Pineapple Express instead. Or not.