Eisenberg and Timberlake Confirmed for The Social Network
by Alex Billington
September 22, 2009
Oh no. Variety has reported tonight that Columbia Pictures and David Fincher have officially chosen the lead cast for their Facebook movie called The Social Network. They confirm that Jesse Eisenberg (Adventureland, Zombieland) will play Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Justin Timberlake (Black Snake Moan) will play Sean Parker, the Napster co-founder who became Facebook’s founding president, and Andrew Garfield (Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Red Riding Trilogy) will play Eduardo Saverin, the Facebook co-founder who fell out with Zuckerberg as the social network became a financial juggernaut.
Production will begin next month in Boston and then move to Los Angeles. Scott Rudin, Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti and Cean Chaffin will produce. Kevin Spacey is executive producer. As previously reported, the film will focus on the evolution of Facebook, the social network co-created by Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin in 2004 on the Harvard campus. You can read about the actual founding story in the script review report we wrote about in July. It was first rumored three weeks back that Eisenberg, Timberlake, and Garfield might be cast. I didn't expect that report to turn out to be true, but apparently it was accurate.
I'm not too happy with these casting choices. Timberlake is fine, he's a good actor and apparently fits the role of Sean Parker very well, as a playboy. Garfield, while good in Terry Gilliam's Imaginarium, is still kind of a budding actor in my mind, but I don't know much about his real life character. However, Eisenberberg just gets under my skin. I liked Eisenberg way back when he starred in The Squid and the Whale, but since then, he's become very annoying. He's another one of those nervous, nerdy young actors like Michael Cera that I'm getting tired of seeing just play themselves (and not their character). And even with David Fincher directing, I just don't know if I'll be able to love this as much as I want with him in the lead. Thoughts?