Facebook Film Gets New Faces

Facebook TrioWhen the first talk of a Facebook movie hit the Internet it was met by some with skepticism. As the massive social network continued to gain momentum it seemed Hollywood was simply tapping into the “next big thing” for the sake of the name. However, don’t let the naysayers fool you, there is a compelling story to be told about Facebook.

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.

  • Bob Starr
    September 27, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Jaime,

    As noted in the post I realize the concept comes with skepticism. That said, I feel there’s a worthwhile story here and the right team has been put together to tell it. Zuckerberg could become (if he isn’t already) the Gates and Jobs of a new generation. It will be interesting to see how that life evolves on the big screen.

  • jaime
    September 25, 2009 at 4:04 am

    Who give’s a sh!t about this movie………Who?

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