Film and stage star Jesse Eisenberg will team up with and pop music star and Emmy Award winner Justin Timberlake in the film "The Social Network" about the formation of Facebook, according to Variety.
The film will be directed by allstar David Fincher (Seven, Fight Club, Zodiac and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and written by the famed Aaron Sorkin (A Few Good Men, The American President, The West Wing, Sports Night and The Farnsworth Invention). Eisenberg will play founder Mark Zuckerberg, and Timberlake will play Sean Parker, the Napster co-founder who became Facebook's founding president. The film will also star Andrew Garfield as Eduardo Saverin, the Facebook co-founder who fell out with Zuckerberg. Filming is scheduled to begin shortly with an anticipated 2010 release.
Eisenberg co-starred in the Atlantic Theater Company's production of Scarcity; his other film credits include Rodger Doger, The Village, The Squid and the Whale, and the upcoming Kill Your Darlings and Zombieland. He made his Broadway debut as an understudy in a 1996 revival of Summer and Smoke. He made his screen debut on the 1999 television series Get Real, which was canceled in 2000. After appearing in the made-for-television film Lightning: Fire from the Sky, he starred in the independent film, Roger Dodger (for which he won an award at the San Diego film festival), and in the inspirational film The Emperor's Club, both of which were released in 2002 to generally positive reviews. In 2005, Eisenberg appeared in Cursed, a horror film directed by Wes Craven, and The Squid and the Whale, a well-reviewed independent drama also starring Laura Linney and Jeff Daniels. In addition to Scarcity at the Atlantic Theater Company (2007), Eisenberg also appeare in a workshop production of Lyle Kessler's Orphans in Los Angeles (2006). In 2007, he starred opposite Richard Gere and Terrence Howard in The Hunting Party, a comic thriller in which he plays a young journalist in Bosnia. In 2009, Eisenberg played the lead role in Adventureland, a comedy directed by Greg Mottola and filmed in Kennywood Park near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Filming ended in October 2007 and the movie premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009.