“Steve Jobs,” the biopic starring Michael Fassbender as the Apple co-founder, has already generated a lot of anticipation, and now it has a high-profile festival berth to boot: on Monday, the Film Society of Lincoln Center announced that the movie, directed by Danny Boyle from a screenplay by Aaron Sorkin, would be the centerpiece of the New York Film Festival.
In a statement, the event’s director, Kent Jones, described the film as “extremely sharp,” adding, “It’s wildly entertaining, and the actors just soar — you can feel their joy as they bite into their material.”
Mr. Boyle said the selection left him simultaneously thrilled and terrified, “unlike the subject of our film, who would have taken the whole thing very much in his stride.”
The fictional feature, based on the biography by Walter Isaacson, also stars Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen and Jeff Daniels.
This is not the first big-screen project to take on Jobs, who died in 2011 at age 56. Two years ago, Ashton Kutcher played the tech titan in the poorly received “Jobs.” And still to come this year is an Alex Gibney documentary, “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine.”
The 17-day New York Film Festival begins Sept. 25. “Steve Jobs” will be shown on Oct. 3. Other fall festivals will also be making film announcements in the coming weeks.
Correction: July 27, 2015
An earlier version of this post gave the incorrect number of days the New York Film Festival runs. It is 17 days, not 10.