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The Aaron Sorkin script for "The Social Network" is one of the best reads in town right now. Widely circulated, the script is smart and funny and absolutely transcends just being "the Facebook movie," which is good, because I don't think anyone cares about seeing a movie just because they happen to use a website. The script is really about interpersonal dynamics, the drive to make your mark on the world as a young man and how far you're willing to go to do it, and the way ideas percolate from one person to another, and who really owns them.
In putting together his cast for the film, David Fincher appears to have cherry-picked some surprising talent, and the result, which shoots next month starting in Boston, could turn out to be one of Fincher's warmest movies. As Variety notes, "Jesse Eisenberg will play founder Mark Zuckerberg, Justin Timberlake will play Sean Parker, the Napster co-founder who became Facebook's founding president, and Andrew Garfield will play Eduardo Saverin, the Facebook co-founder who fell out with Zuckerberg as the social network became a financial juggernaut." All three roles are fully realized. All three roles are interesting and sympathetic. No one is written as a good guy or a bad guy, but instead, we're exposed to every side of this story, and we can see why everyone did what they did, and we can relate. Sorkin seems to just keep getting better at his craft, and the result could easily be one of 2010's most interesting releases, and one we'll definitely be following as it comes together.
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