To that end, Columbia Pictures has announced the trio of characters at the core of Facebook’s origins, “Jesse Eisenberg will play Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg; Justin Timberlake will play Sean Parker, the Napster co-founder who became Facebook’s founding president; and Andrew Garfield will play Eduardo Saverin, the Facebook co-founder who fell out with Zuckerberg over money.”
Those choices are very encouraging, specifically Eisenberg and Timberlake. Eisenberg brings his somewhat diminutive appeal to the role while nearly capturing Zuckerberg’s likeness. Timberlake may seem like an unconventional choice but he’s certainly proven his acting talent in films like Alpha Dog and appearances on Saturday Night Live.
Adding even more credit to the film is writer Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing) and director David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Fight Club). Sorkin is a master at crafting character driven stories and Fincher always draws the best performances out of his actors. Now, add Kevin Spacey as a producer and the Facebook film suddenly becomes a very entertaining prospect.
The Social Network is set for a 2010 release date and begins shooting in Boston next month moving to Los Angeles thereafter.