It's really about time Hollywood Crush starts charging for a portion of casting fees! After all, just three months ago (almost to the day) we suggested five possible actors for Columbia Picture to pick from for their upcoming Facebook film, "The Social Network." Among them was "Zombieland" leading wimpy man Jesse Eisenberg who Variety confirmed today would, in fact be playing the lead role of Mark Zuckerberg. Can you feel the synergy here between Hollywood Crush and actual Hollywood, people?
Jesse even teased us earlier this month when we sat down to talk about "Zombieland" by responding when we asked him if there were any truth to "The Social Network" casting rumors with: "They are rumors. That is true." C'mon Jesse! I thought we shared more of a bond than that!
While we continue to flatter ourselves with the idea Columbia stole their casting idea from us (and didn't deign to share the news with us first!), there was more exciting news on "The Social Network" front. Not only did the project find a Mark, but they also nabbed two more actors to fill the three leading male slots.
Justin Timberlake has been cast as Sean Parker, the Facebook founding president and Napster co-founder. Andrew Garfield, who was most recently in "The Other Boleyn Girl," will be starring as Eduardo Saverin, who had been co-founder with Mark but left because of money disputes.
Also, in the time between our Mark Zuckerberg speculation and now, David Fincher of "Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "Fight Club" fame has been confirmed as the director for the flick. Kevin Spacey, who starred in Ben Mezrich's first novel-to-film adaptation, "21," will be producing the project. With David at the helm, we're betting "The Social Network" — which is based on the book “Accidental Billionaires” — is going to be far edgier than its predecessor.
What do you think of this casting news? Are you a fan of Ben Mezrich's work? Did you ever know there was such an intriguing story surrounding the creation of Facebook?