The Social Network casting
I'm really trying to pull back from writing about all the casting news, after all my time is limited, I'm not twenty people, and the majority are just straight announcements. Yet the casting for the Facebook film, now called The Social Network, is looking rather interesting, and coupled with the fact that David Fincher is directing then you have to wonder if this is actually going to turn out to be a good film.
On the face of it the Facebook film doesn't sound that exciting, until you start to delve into the double dealing and back stabbing behind the scenes, something that made me think of the recent BBC television mini-film Micro Men which looked at the rise of the British computer age with Sinclair and Acorn battling it out.
Micro Men was a great show that not only captured the era but revealed some big personality clashes and behind the scenes battles that were going on which we were oblivious to at the time as straight up consumers.
It's reminiscent of the battles behind Facebook, the double dealings and everything else that might have happened to bring about one of the biggest social networks we know to date.
The Social Network, written by Aaron Sorkin, will simply tell the story of how the founders came to build that system up to the thing it is today, from the original idea in college, through to it's massive rise. However it's not that simple, and there were court cases and calls of stolen ideas, and that's where the drama will come in the script.
What's interesting about the casting calls that came out on social media sites of the people involved, through The Playlist and Cinema Blend, is that there's going to be a lot of ground covered in those early idea days, particularly when you read the following Facebook posting for Sorkin:
Rehearsals began yesterday for The Social Network. The ensemble cast includes Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Max Minghella, Rooney Mara, Dakota Johnson, Brenda Song, Armie Hammer, Josh Pence and about 20 others to come. Shooting begins Oct. 19th in Cambridge, MA.
Twenty others to come? Now would they be the normal cast filler roles that would be there to deal with a character that appears in one or two scenes? Well if they were why mention it? Sounds like there's going to be a much bigger cast to cover this film, a huge cast indeed.
Richard Kelly revealed something on Twitter, that Max Minghella will be playing twins, the very twins that were part of the group who were working on ConnectU, hired Mark Zuckerberg to help create it, who then leapt off to make Facebook, there's your legal battle, and there's the rise and fall of two social networks.
You know it would still sound like an interesting story had David Fincher not taken the helm of the film, and with him at the helm I'm really hoping that this becomes something more than the straight story we've heard through the media for a very long time. I'm hoping that it starts to really focus on the relationships and characters and deliver something extra from that, it's what we'd expect from Fincher anyway.