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09.23.2009

As had been previously rumored, Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake and Andrew Garfield have signed on to star in THE SOCIAL NETWORK, the so-called "Facebook Movie" directed by David Fincher. The trio were rumored to be frontrunners for the film when word leaked out that they participated in a table read back in August. The Playlist reported, however, that Fincher wasn't sold on a particular actor (*cough*Timberlakd*cough*) and that nothing was quite set in stone. But apparently the three were strong enough and wound up signing deals.

Eisenberg will play Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg while Timberlake will play Napster creator Sean Parker who eventually became Facebook's founding president. Garfield will star as Eduardo Saverin who had a falling out with the pair once the site became a big financial success. The role is certainly the biggest and most prestigious for Timberlake and the choose of Eisenberg is, not only a physical lock, but the best actor of the previously rumored choices (Michael Cera?). Filming on NETWORK is expected to begin in Boston next month.

Extra Tidbit: What do you think? Is Timberlake up to the Fincher challenge?
Source: Variety

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11:47AM on 09/24/2009

Doesn't that dude in the pic...

... look kind of like Jonathan Creek?
... look kind of like Jonathan Creek?
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6:56PM on 09/23/2009
I think all three actors are quite good and should all do quite capably! This is shaping up to be quite good.
I think all three actors are quite good and should all do quite capably! This is shaping up to be quite good.
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6:09PM on 09/23/2009
I hope Fincher makes them all cry.

...A fucking Facebook movie!?
I hope Fincher makes them all cry.

...A fucking Facebook movie!?
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5:58PM on 09/23/2009

Old school Fincher...

I'd be happier if this was early Fincher. A movie about some twisted serial killer who murders all his Facebook Friends in gruesomely ironic ways.
I'd be happier if this was early Fincher. A movie about some twisted serial killer who murders all his Facebook Friends in gruesomely ironic ways.
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3:20PM on 09/23/2009

Fantastic Script

I just want to reiterate that the script for The Social Network is absolutely phenomenal.

It's one of the best scripts I've read in the past few years, despite my original misgivings about a Facebook movie to begin with.
I just want to reiterate that the script for The Social Network is absolutely phenomenal.

It's one of the best scripts I've read in the past few years, despite my original misgivings about a Facebook movie to begin with.
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2:53PM on 09/23/2009
Yea, I'm not big on Eisenberg either. Some roles he works really well in, but then there's some movies I watch that I can't help but think they would be far better without him. As for the film, I'm not immediately dismissing it by any means, but God I really want to read the script and get an idea of what Fincher saw in this project.
Yea, I'm not big on Eisenberg either. Some roles he works really well in, but then there's some movies I watch that I can't help but think they would be far better without him. As for the film, I'm not immediately dismissing it by any means, but God I really want to read the script and get an idea of what Fincher saw in this project.
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1:44PM on 09/23/2009
God I cannot stand Eisenberg, that fuckin kid annoys me with everything he plays. Like said before he pretty much does the Cera thing but is a more complaining fashion. If he is a reflection of youth these days then that is just sad.
God I cannot stand Eisenberg, that fuckin kid annoys me with everything he plays. Like said before he pretty much does the Cera thing but is a more complaining fashion. If he is a reflection of youth these days then that is just sad.
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1:42PM on 09/23/2009

Promising...

All the talent involved seems to be better than the actual project itself. Eisenberg really proved himself with Adventureland this year and will always be greatest in Roger Dodger. Andrew Garfield nailed Boy A, a really underrated performance. And honestly, Timberlake is talented. His music isn't my thing, but he's good at what he does. He's a great host on SNL and he turned in a standout, borderline flawless performance in Alpha Dog, acting circles around the talentless shit that is Emile
All the talent involved seems to be better than the actual project itself. Eisenberg really proved himself with Adventureland this year and will always be greatest in Roger Dodger. Andrew Garfield nailed Boy A, a really underrated performance. And honestly, Timberlake is talented. His music isn't my thing, but he's good at what he does. He's a great host on SNL and he turned in a standout, borderline flawless performance in Alpha Dog, acting circles around the talentless shit that is Emile Hirsch. And of course, Fincher is one of the best directors working today and was severely robbed by the Academy for Zodiac. It sounded weird at first, but it might turn out to be an interesting project.
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1:38PM on 09/23/2009

Honestly?

What's the big deal with Eisenberg? I don't mind him as an actor, but is he really THAT much of an improvement from Cera? Like Cera, he pretty much just plays himself in almost very movie I've seen him in...
What's the big deal with Eisenberg? I don't mind him as an actor, but is he really THAT much of an improvement from Cera? Like Cera, he pretty much just plays himself in almost very movie I've seen him in...
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1:33PM on 09/23/2009
The real question is "Do we really need a movie about Facebook?"
The real question is "Do we really need a movie about Facebook?"
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12:54PM on 09/23/2009

GREAT CASTING!

I'm a big fan of Eisenberg so far. I saw an advanced screening of Zombieland and he was pitch perfect against Woody's no-holds-barred character.

The script for The Social Network is one of the best screenplays I've read in a very long while.

I wouldn't have pictured Timberlake in the role of Parker in a million years, but, in the script, Parker is a total douchebag and I can definitely see Timberlake putting in a solid performance. It's not nearly as large of a role as Saverin,
I'm a big fan of Eisenberg so far. I saw an advanced screening of Zombieland and he was pitch perfect against Woody's no-holds-barred character.

The script for The Social Network is one of the best screenplays I've read in a very long while.

I wouldn't have pictured Timberlake in the role of Parker in a million years, but, in the script, Parker is a total douchebag and I can definitely see Timberlake putting in a solid performance. It's not nearly as large of a role as Saverin, though. Parker comes in around the midpoint of the script (around page 70; the script is 152 pages, I believe).

Now they just need to cast the Winklevoss twins and pretty much all the major players will have been cast.
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12:44PM on 09/23/2009

I remember back in middle school my friends and I used to slam on Timberlake...

...it was right in the middle of the boy band era and we seriously could not stand the guy. We thought it was the funniest thing ever when we heard he was going to try acting. Then we saw Alpha Dog and we all had to shut up. I might hate the guy's music, but I'll be the first to admit Timberlake is a talented actor.
...it was right in the middle of the boy band era and we seriously could not stand the guy. We thought it was the funniest thing ever when we heard he was going to try acting. Then we saw Alpha Dog and we all had to shut up. I might hate the guy's music, but I'll be the first to admit Timberlake is a talented actor.
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12:35PM on 09/23/2009
Is it April Fool's day yet ?
Is it April Fool's day yet ?
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12:04PM on 09/23/2009

JT? really?

Jesse Eisenburg is fantastic, but Justin Timberlake *gag*, in a Fincher movie...I'm just not sold on this at all.
Jesse Eisenburg is fantastic, but Justin Timberlake *gag*, in a Fincher movie...I'm just not sold on this at all.
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11:54AM on 09/23/2009

Squid and the Whale

Fury159 &HoyleHaw have it exactly right, anyone who has seen Squid and the Whale would have no doubt in the fact that Eisenberg is a superb actor. Add that to the fact that I seem to recall Eisenberg being Greg Motottola's first choice for the Cera role in Superbad anyway...
Fury159 &HoyleHaw have it exactly right, anyone who has seen Squid and the Whale would have no doubt in the fact that Eisenberg is a superb actor. Add that to the fact that I seem to recall Eisenberg being Greg Motottola's first choice for the Cera role in Superbad anyway...
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11:30AM on 09/23/2009

No thanks

I'll wait for the Viewmaster movie.
I'll wait for the Viewmaster movie.
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11:28AM on 09/23/2009
Cera over Eisenberg? Really? Apparently, no one's seen "Squid and the Whale" except HoyleHaw. Eisenberg does the Cera thing, but he actually gives depth to his performances, rather than just appearing socially awkward (which Cera's good at) all of the time.
And regardless of opinions about the social networking site, the behind the scenes story of Facebook is actually pretty interesting and I trust good ol' Dave Fincher will deliver. Oh, and he's gonna devour Timberlake for breakfast....
Cera over Eisenberg? Really? Apparently, no one's seen "Squid and the Whale" except HoyleHaw. Eisenberg does the Cera thing, but he actually gives depth to his performances, rather than just appearing socially awkward (which Cera's good at) all of the time.
And regardless of opinions about the social networking site, the behind the scenes story of Facebook is actually pretty interesting and I trust good ol' Dave Fincher will deliver. Oh, and he's gonna devour Timberlake for breakfast....
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11:08AM on 09/23/2009
Michael Cera ist actually good, thet Eisenberg guy is awful.
Anyway... What a bad premise for a movie... I mean wtf... Why does everyone in Hollywood have to be so pseudo "innovative"... Make great standard epic cool movies... Which there are way too few of anyway... Wtf... Fincher.. A fucking facebook movie with fucking bad actors?
Michael Cera ist actually good, thet Eisenberg guy is awful.
Anyway... What a bad premise for a movie... I mean wtf... Why does everyone in Hollywood have to be so pseudo "innovative"... Make great standard epic cool movies... Which there are way too few of anyway... Wtf... Fincher.. A fucking facebook movie with fucking bad actors?
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11:03AM on 09/23/2009
horrible cast. Eisenberg is such a shitty actor. Adventureland was almost unbearable and he was the only bad thing about it.
horrible cast. Eisenberg is such a shitty actor. Adventureland was almost unbearable and he was the only bad thing about it.
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11:02AM on 09/23/2009
Watch Eisenbeg in "The Squid and the Whale." I think if he's been lately cast in the "Michael Cera role" it's just because after "Superbad" everybody wanted Michael Cera. But Eisenberg is a really good actor who I first came across in more dramatic fare.
Watch Eisenbeg in "The Squid and the Whale." I think if he's been lately cast in the "Michael Cera role" it's just because after "Superbad" everybody wanted Michael Cera. But Eisenberg is a really good actor who I first came across in more dramatic fare.
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10:48AM on 09/23/2009

Naw,

I think Eisenburg does accuratly what Cera tries to do in every movie. Eisenburg for me comes across as a sincere, unsecure teenage guy. Cera always seems to be Cera, stuttering and looking away and using the same gimmicks to play the same character time after time.
I think Eisenburg does accuratly what Cera tries to do in every movie. Eisenburg for me comes across as a sincere, unsecure teenage guy. Cera always seems to be Cera, stuttering and looking away and using the same gimmicks to play the same character time after time.
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10:26AM on 09/23/2009
I dunno...ever since seeing Eisenberg in Adventureland...he comes across as a poor man's Michael Cera. I haven't seen enough of this guy's stuff, but his character in Adventureland looked and sounded like it was created for Cera.
I dunno...ever since seeing Eisenberg in Adventureland...he comes across as a poor man's Michael Cera. I haven't seen enough of this guy's stuff, but his character in Adventureland looked and sounded like it was created for Cera.
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10:47AM on 09/23/2009
I'm curious to see him in Zombieland cause it really just looks like his character in Adventureland with zombies. Not sure if the actor can break out of his bumbling mode.
I'm curious to see him in Zombieland cause it really just looks like his character in Adventureland with zombies. Not sure if the actor can break out of his bumbling mode.
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