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Leonardo DiCaprio won't be following in Ashton Kutcher's footsteps after all.

The five-time Oscar nominee has dropped out of the running to play Steve Jobs in the as-yet untitled biopic being adapted from Walter Isaacson's best-selling biographic by Aaron Sorkin and to be directed by Danny Boyle

(Wich is not to be confused with Jobs, the movie starring Ashton Kutcher as the Apple co-founder that already came and went. But you know how movies tend to happen in pairs...)

E! News has confirmed a THR report that the 39-year-old actor, who has channeled a number of larger-than-life characters on the big screen over the years, had been in talks but ultimately hit Ctrl+Alt+Delete on the idea. Boyle had previously directed him in The Beach.

But we've also been told, however, that there's no truth to any rumors that DiCaprio is planning on taking a long break from acting after he finishes shooting The Revenant, which just started filming in Canada.

Though who could blame him if he did—this shoot sounds as grueling as anything, and that's just the hair and makeup portion! Leo is taking on the role of an 1820s frontiersman who seeks revenge on those who left him for dead after he was mauled by a bear. Alejandro González Iñárritu is directing and he also adapted the screenplay from Michael Punke's gritty novel of the same name.

DiCaprio was technically up for two Oscars this year, one for lead actor and another for being a producer on Best Picture nominee The Wolf of Wall Street, in which he played real-life stock trader turned author and motivational speaker Jordan Belfort. Other real guys in his cinematic repertoire include Hollywood and aviation mogul Howard Hughes and FBI director J. Edgar Hoover.

Meanwhile, though the blogosphere has high hopes for Sorkin's adaptation of Isaacson's book Steve Jobs, the critical reaction to Kutcher's Jobs, which came out last year, was tepid at best.

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