THE SOCIAL NETWORK Accepts Friend Requests from Justin Timberlake, Jesse Eisenberg, and Andrew Garfield

     September 3, 2009

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David Fincher’s “The Social Network” has now found its cast. According to a rumor that popped up on Facebook itself, Jesse Eisenberg has been cast as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Meanwhile, Andrew Garfield will play Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin. The big surprise though, at least to me, is that Justin Timberlake has also supposedly been cast as the internet entrepreneur who was behind Napster, Sean Parker.  You can read some more about “The Social Network” when you hit the jump.

justin_timberlake_01.jpgA couple of weeks ago we told you about how the project had been officially greenlit.  In that write up I mentioned how I was very skeptical about the film until a script review came out from Script Shadow which described the Aaron Sorkin penned screenplay as being “Unpredictable, funny, touching, and sad”  The website even rated the screenplay as being “Incredible”.

Now, Script Shadow has given us another status update with this film by passing along this rumor of who the cast might be and I don’t really have that many thoughts about the casting.  Eisenberg can annoy me at times but I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt since it’s Fincher who is going to be behind the camera.  I also know that Timberlake has gotten a lot of crap in the past but I think he does have some acting talent and I’m sure that Fincher will bring the best out of him.  I also don’t have any opinion about Garfield since I’ve never seen him act yet, but I have heard that he’s great in “Boy A”.  I’m just going to stay optimistic for now and trust Fincher.

“The Social Network” is based on Ben Mezrich’s book, “The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal”  Both the film and the book tell the story of Eduardo Saverin and Mark Zuckerberg, the founders of Facebook.  You can buy the book on Amazon () right now if you want to find out more about this supposedly crazy real-life tale before the film hits theaters sometime in the near future after it begins production in October.

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