Well it was just a little over two weeks ago that Screen Rant reported on the casting rumors for the David Fincher/Kevin Spacey project about the founding of Facebook called The Social Network. It has now been confirmed that Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland) will play Harvard geek turned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg; Justin Timberlake (Alpha Dog) will be the former Napster co-founder and Facebook President Sean Parker while Andrew Garfield (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus) is going to be Zuckerberg ‘s Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin.
All three will bring life to the highly acclaimed Aaron Sorkin script which is being produced by Scott Rudin, Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti and Cean Chaffin. Kevin Spacey, who has been pushing this project through the Hollywood fast track, will perform executive producer duties. Production on the $45 million dollar film starts October in Boston and then on to Los Angeles.
The Social Network has gotten plenty of attention over the past couple of months. We waited 10 years for a new Superman movie but a film about Facebook took less than one summer to come to fruition. I’ve never seen such a thing for any movie. I sure hope this thing lives up to all the hype because $45 million is a heck of a lot of money for a drama about the creation of an online service.
Sorkin’s story spins a tale of money, fame, sex, deception and success,your basic Hollywood soap opera, and follows Zuckerberg and Saverin’s rise to fame from a couple of Harvard students in 2004 running a social site for other students allowing them to rate the hotness of campus girls to the 300 million worldwide users they have today.
So, this news falls right into place with the rumors we heard a couple weeks back. Only thing we are missing now is a love interest and a release date. If all holds true, we should see both in the next couple of weeks. One thing is for sure, over the next few months we are going to see a lot of Facebook ads shamelessly promoting The Social Network.
What do you think about the newly appointed cast of The Social Network?
No release date has been set at this time.