Last year, [movieperson id="59113"]Kevin Spacey[/movieperson] produced and starred in a film about making big bets and winning piles of cash: “21,” based on a book by Ben Mezrich, followed a crew of MIT whiz kids who counted cards and attempted to bring down the house in Las Vegas. Now Spacey is producing another Mezrich adaptation about another whiz kid who made a big bet and became a billionaire: “The Social Network,” based on the writer’s brand-new book, “The Accidental Billionaires,” tells the story of how Mark Zuckerberg turned a little dorm-room project into Facebook.
When MTV News had a chance to speak with Spacey, who was promoting his Hollywood therapist flick [movie id="416586"]“Shrink,”[/movie] the Academy Award winner dished the inside scoop about when they’ll be announcing a director, who might portray the 25-year-old Zuckerberg, and if he’ll have a role in the film.
“I doubt it,” Spacey said of appearing in “Network,” which was written by “West Wing” creator Aaron Sorkin and which Spacey thinks might go into production this year.
OK, no Spacey in front of the camera. But who might fill Zuckerberg’s flip-flops? Rumors have included names like Shia LaBeouf and Michael Cera, and Paul Rust (“I Love You, Beth Cooper”) reportedly read for the role.
Or not, according to Spacey. “I can’t imagine anyone’s read for it because we haven’t really announced the director — have we announced the director? — no, we haven’t announced the director yet,” he said, asking a nearby publicist for confirmation. “So I don’t think anyone’s read for it. Maybe in their fantasy they’ve auditioned for it.”
The director who is reportedly set to helm the project is David Fincher (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”), though no official announcement has been made. “I think we are close to announcing a director,” Spacey told us.
“We’re at a very early stage,” he continued. “But I think it’s on the fast track. I think the film — they want to do it and maybe even do it this year. So it’s gonna happen. But I have no clue as to who may be in it, because ultimately that will be [up to] the director.”
What Spacey could say is that he’s “enormously excited” about the film. “Great story for people that don’t really know how it happened,” he said. “Very filmic, very modern, very cool.”
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