First there was a rumor — ironically, spawned on Facebook — that Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake and Andrew Garfield had joined the cast of the Aaron Sorkin-penned, David Fincher-directed “The Social Network.” They were to play Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Internet entrepreneur Sean Parker and FB co-founder Eduardo Saverin, respectively.
Then, MTV’s Eric Ditzian spoke with Eisenberg at the “Zombieland” junket and got a pretty clear non-denial denial from the young actor.
See how he casts his eyes around? It’s sort of like he’s trying to hide something, isn’t it? Well apparently, he was!
Eisenberg, Timberlake and Garfield have indeed been tapped to fill out the Zuckerberg/Parker/Saverin trio in “The Social Network,” according to a report in Variety. With the key players now in place, the production can move forward; the article also reports that shooting for “Network” will kick off in Boston next month, before moving to Los Angeles.
For those who haven’t been keeping track, “The Social Network” is an adaptation of Ben Mezrich’s book, “The Accidental Billionaires,” which chronicles the birth of social networking portal Facebook and its founders. I haven’t read the book myself, but the story is apparently a fairly sordid one. Zuckerberg and Saverin masterminded this revolutionary web destination for keeping in touch with people and later parted as enemies. I wonder who de-friended who.
The lineup of Fincher, Sorkin, Eisenberg, Timberlake and Garfield is a pretty unusual one. Fincher in particular excels at a particular style of gritty, edgy filmmaking. Betrayal or not, “Network” feels like much lighter fare than many are probably used to seeing from him. Regardless, this is a talented group and Eisenberg especially is perfect for the Zuckerberg role. And no, I’m not just saying that because he was our top pick for the part in a previous Hollywood Crush feature.
Now that the actors are confirmed, what do you think of this casting? Were you going to see “The Social Network” before? Do you want to now?