04/03/2012 03:21 pm ET Updated Apr 03, 2012

Ashton Kutcher Gunning For Oscar With Steve Jobs Role

Ashton Kutcher will be playing Steve Jobs in an upcoming biopic about the tech icon, and Kutcher sees an Oscar in his future.

The Daily reports that Kutcher is serious about the role and is making sure he's done his research.

"He is already meeting with folks that knew Steve Jobs. He's working with professionals to get inside the voice. He's letting his hair grow out. I understand he's canceled all his meetings and actually canceled all other projects," says the film's producer, Mark Hulme. "He believes the role was meant for him.”

The role is a departure for Kutcher, who is best known for portraying intellectually stunted characters on "That '70s Show" and the 2000 movie "Dude, Where's My Car?". Kutcher has dabbled in more serious fare, most successfully playing a male prostitute and con man in 2009's "Spread" with Anne Heche.

News of Kutcher's casting broke on April Fools' Day, which had many wondering if they were being punk'd, but Hulme told The Daily that he's sure Kutcher will "prove to the world that this is the right part for him."

As the film's sole investor, Hulme is clearly talking up Kutcher's abilities for a reason, but his reasoning for why Kutcher is a great candidate for the role is pushing it.

"The physical resemblance is actually scary ... but he connects with the man in a very significant way. Of course, he's a big techie. He has a personal affinity to what Steve Jobs accomplished," he said.

Only time will tell if Kutcher can indeed do Jobs the justice he deserves, but it should help knowing that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has given him his blessing.

"I'm glad that he's on board," Wozniak told TMZ. "I think he'll put a lot into it and that he cares about this particular subject."

"Jobs" is being fast tracked, with filming starting next month, in hopes of releasing the film by Thanksgiving -- just in time for awards consideration.

"Josh [Michael Stern], the director, said, 'This project is so significant that I don't want any actor to come on board that doesn't believe in it and thinks it's award-worthy," Hulme revealed.

For more, click over the The Daily.

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