Ever since it was announced a few months back that David Fincher would be directing The Social Network, the much maligned biopic about the making of Facebook, my interest in the project has been steadily growing. Add to this the fact that the script, which was written by Aaron Sorkin (Charlie Wilson’s War, The West Wing), has been getting rave reviews from insiders around the web, and it’s looking like this could actually be something much more than a mere attempt to cash in on a brand name. The next step, of course, is the casting, and this week there is some pretty intriguing news to report on that front. I should stress that these are just rumours, although the source seems relatively reliable.
According to Carson Reeves (aka ScriptShadow, one of the first people to get a hold of The Social Network script), there are three actors that are reportedly finalizing deals for the film. The first, and perhaps most interesting, is Justin Timberlake who will play Sean Parker, co-founder of Napster and an early investor in Facebook. Andrew Garfield (Boy A) has been tipped to play Eduardo Saverin, while Jesse Eisenberg (The Squid and the Whale, Adventureland) is supposedly a lock for Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
I know Eisenberg was being suggested by some folks on the web simply based on looks alone, but I also think he would be perfect to capture Zuckerberg’s socially awkward persona. Let me just say that if this does turn out to be true, I am pretty much sold. An amazing director, a brilliant script, and now some solid casting? It sounds too good to be true. What do you think about these potential casting choices? In the meantime, check out the book that the movie was partially based on called Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook.