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The Social Network
Directed by David Fincher
Produced by Scott Rudin
Kevin Spacey
Michael DeLuca
Written by Aaron Sorkin
Starring Jesse Eisenberg
Justin Timberlake
Brenda Song
Andrew Garfield
Armie Hammer
Max Minghella
Rooney Mara
Dakota Johnson
Cinematography Jeff Cronenweth
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) October 15, 2010
Country United States
Language English
Budget $47 million

The Social Network is an upcoming 2010 comedy-drama film directed by David Fincher about the founding of Facebook. The film features an ensemble cast which consists of Jesse Eisenberg, Brenda Song, Justin Timberlake, Andrew Garfield, Rooney Mara and Armie Hammer. The film was written by Aaron Sorkin and adapted from Ben Mezrich's 2009 novel The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding Of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal. The film is distributed by Columbia Pictures and is set for an October 15, 2010 release.

None of the Facebook staff, including founder Mark Zuckerberg, will be involved with the project. One of the co-founders, Eduardo Saverin, was a consultant for Mezrich's book.




In November 2009, the film's producer Kevin Spacey said "The Social Network is probably going to be a lot funnier than people might expect it to be." [2]


Filming for The Social Network began in October 2009 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.[3] Scenes were filmed around the campuses of two Massachusetts prep schools, Phillips Academy and Milton Academy.[4] Filming took place on the Keyser and Wyman quadrangles in the Homewood campus of Johns Hopkins University from November 2–4.[5] Johns Hopkins doubles for Harvard University in the film.[6] From November 16 to 22, 2009 scenes were filmed at California State University, Dominguez Hills.[citation needed]


Casting began in early August 2009, open auditions were held in various states. Shia Labeouf and Michael Cera were previously considered for the role of Mark Zuckerberg, one of the film's protagonists. Jesse Eisenberg was first announced to be attached to the project in September 2009.[7] Several days later, Justin Timberlake and Andrew Garfield were confirmed to portray the roles of Sean Parker and Eduardo Saverin. In October 2009, Brenda Song, Rooney Mara, Armie Hammer and Josh Pence were cast in the film.[8] Max Minghella and Dakota Johnson were also confirmed to star in the film by the Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly.[8] In a 2009 interview with the Baltimore Sun Eisenberg said, "even though I've gotten to be in some wonderful movies, this character seems so much more overtly insensitive in so many ways that seem more real to me in the best way. I don't often get cast as insensitive people so it feels very comfortable: fresh and exciting, as if you never have to worry about the audience. Not that I worry about the audience anyway - it should be just the furthest thing from your mind. The Social Network is the biggest relief I've ever had in a movie."[9]


The Cardin Courier stated that the film was about "greed, obsession, unpredictability and sex" and asked "although there are over 300 million Facebook users, does this mean Facebook can become a profitable blockbuster movie?".[10]


  1. ^ Rashida Jones in Fincher’s The Social Network
  2. ^ Ditzian, Eric (October 11, 2009)."Kevin Spacey Says 'The Social Network' Will Be 'A Lot Funnier' Than You Think". Retrieved on November 19, 2009.
  3. ^ Fischer, Russ (October 20, 2009). "Casting Notes: Selena Gomez in Teen Rom Com; The Social Network Gets New Kids; The Whistleblower Gets Proven Talent". /Film. Retrieved on October 20, 2009.
  4. ^ "Facebook Movie Shoots on Campus". 2009. Phillips Academy. Retrieved on November 3, 2009.
  5. ^ O'Neill, Nick (November 2nd, 2009)."Pictures Of Today’s Filming Of “The Social Network” At Johns Hopkins". Retrieved on November 19, 2009.
  6. ^ "Hollywood crew arrives at Homewood for Facebook movie: Color us crimson". November 3, 2009. The JHU Gazette. Retrieved on November 3, 2009.
  7. ^ "Facebook Cast Confirmed". September 23, 2009. The Playlist. Retrieved on November 19, 2009.
  8. ^ a b "0/20/2009 Max Minghella, Rooney Mara, Dakota Johnson & More Join David Fincher's 'Social Network'". October 20, 2009. The Playlist. Retrieved on November 19, 2009.
  9. ^ "Jesse Eisenberg takes on a darker role as one of the founders of Facebook". November 13, 2009. Baltimore Sun. Retrieved on November 19, 2009.
  10. ^ Stokes, Jessica."Facebook the movie?". Retrieved on November 19, 2009.

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