Facebook – or at least a somewhat sensational version of it – is set to go Hollywood. With the long-awaited “The Social Network” going into production next month, Columbia Pictures has announced the actors cast to play Facebook founders Mark Zuckerberg, Sean Parker and Eduardo Saverin in the upcoming film.
Jesse Eisenberg, who recently appeared in “Adventureland,” will play Zuckerberg, pop star Justin Timberlake is set to take on the role of Parker and Andrew Garfield is slated to play Severin. Rumors had been flying around the Internet, including on Facebook, that the cast had been chosen to play the three founders of the social network site, but Eisenberg, Timberlake and Garfield were only confirmed yesterday.
The book that inspired the movie, Accidental Billionaries: The Founding of Facebook A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal, is not considered an accurate work by many people familiar with Facebook’s early days. Facebook has consistently refused to comment on it.
Nevertheless, co-producer Kevin Spacey told MTV: “Great story for people that don’t really know how it happened. Very filmic, very modern, very cool.”
The film will be directed by David Fincher, who made his name with dark films like “Alien 3,” “Se7en” and “Fight Club,” though he has recently directed lighter movies, such as “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” Writer Aaron Sorkin, most famous for his writing on the West Wing, will be penning the script of the fact-based drama. This is a bit of a departure — maybe — for Eisenberg and Timberlake, who are more associated with comedic roles; Garfield, however, has a role in the upcoming Terry Gilliam film “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.”
The storyline will follow the three co-founders of Facebook from their days at Harvard (filming is said to begin in Boston in a few weeks) and trace the course of events that made the social network what it is today, and the strain that success put on the founders’ relationships.