Elon Musk has taken over the automotive industry. He also has taken over Twitter—sorry, X. And now he’s coming for our movie screens.
The Tesla and SpaceX founder will be the subject of a new biopic directed by the Oscar-nominated Darren Aronofsky, NBC News reported on Friday. An anonymous source close to the project told the outlet that the production company A24 was developing the film, which will be based on Walter Isaacson’s biography about the mercurial Musk. The book made all kinds of headlines when it was published in September, and a bidding war broke out for rights to the content.
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“The deal was highly competitive with top studios and filmmakers in contention,” the source told NBC News.
A24 will produce the film alongside Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures. The company previously worked with the director on The Whale, which won Brendan Fraser an acting Oscar earlier this year. Aronofsky himself was nominated for his 2010 movie, Black Swan, and he’s known for other titles like Pi, Requiem for a Dream, and The Wrestler.
Since being founded in 2012, A24 has become something of a cinematic powerhouse. Two of its movies—Moonlight and Everything Everywhere All at Once—have won the Oscar for Best Picture. It’s released a slew of other critically acclaimed films, including Lady Bird, Uncut Gems, and Room.
Few details about the Musk movie have been released so far, but the question on everyone’s mind is likely who will play the tech entrepreneur. Matt Belloni of Puck, who broke the news, suggested a number of names, such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Paul Dano, Shia LaBeouf, and Joaquin Phoenix. He added that he would have picked Michael Fassbender if he hadn’t already played Steve Jobs in a 2015 biopic about the Apple founder, which was also based on an Isaacson book.
Given the lengthy filmmaking process—and the fact that the actors’ strike in Hollywood just ended—it’ll probably be a while before we see Aronofsky’s take on Musk’s life. But those both in and outside the industry will likely be following the news surrounding the movie closely, especially when it comes to casting announcements. And we can’t wait to see whether Musk himself is pleased with whom Aronofsky & Co. choose to depict the tech titan.