Since Hollywood has given a thumbs up to 'Facebook, the Movie,' shouldn't the movie moguls be considering some fresh new faces to star in this biopic, with the working title "Social Network". Perhaps social media rockstars like Pete Cashmore, Gary Vaynerchuk or Guy Kawasaki could be cast in the starring role of Mark Zuckerberg? Instead of method movie-actors, why not use the illustrious members of the digerati that work in the social networking trenches, on a day to day to basis?
For a casting director, it might be a difficult decision to select from this roster of Internet micro-celebs, as they all bring something unique and distictive to the table.
Guy Kawasaki is a managing director of Garage Technology Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm and a columnist for Entrepreneur Magazine. Previously, he was an Apple Fellow at Apple Computer, Inc. Guy is the author of nine books including Reality Check, The Art of the Start, Rules for Revolutionaries, How to Drive Your Competition Crazy, Selling the Dream, and The Macintosh Way. But more importantly he is already familiar with appearing on stage in front of large audiences...
Gary Vaynerchuk, on the other hand has captured attention with his pioneering, multi-faceted approach to personal branding and business. After primarily utilizing traditional advertising techniques to build his family’s local wine business into a national industry leader, Gary rapidly leveraged social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook to promote Wine Library TV, his video blog about wine. So what might be a strong consideration for a casting director is Vaynerchuk's familiarity of working in front of the camera...
And then we have Peter Cashmore. Working as a web technology consultant in 2005, Cashmore founded Mashable, the authoritative social media news blog. Focusing on up-to-the-minute news on social networks and new websites, it rapidly grew to be one of the top 10 blogs in the world according to the blog ranking service Technorati. Pete was selected as a 'Top 25 Forbes Web Celeb in 2007', while Mashable was chosen as a must-read site by both Fast Company and PC Magazine. Cashmore, with his 1 million-plus followers on Twitter and his matinee-idol looks might have a leg-up on landing the role over Kawasaki or Vaynerchuk. After all he has already learned how to handle his adoring female fans...
Pete Cashmore & Friends
In actuality, while all three of these Internet-famous stars have potential, none of them have any Michael Cera & Shia LaBeoufresemblance to Zuckerberg. And that is why two of Hollywood’s hottest young actors – Superbad’s Michael Cera and the ubiquitous Shia LaBeouf are rumored as contenders to star in the upcoming movie about the creation of Facebook.
Ben Mezrich’s 'The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook – A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal' is the book that inspired the movie and Aaron Sorkin from 'West Wing' fame will be adapting the screenplay.
The Accidental Billionaires, which hit the shelves July 14, is being hailed as an instant classic by the Facebook movie’s co-producer, Kevin Spacey. “You may think you know the story of the Facebook phenomenon, but you haven’t heard the whole story and never like this,” Spacey notes. “Ben tells a captivating story of betrayal, vast amounts of cash, and two friends who revolutionized the way humans connect to one another – only to have an enormous falling out and never speak again.”
Zuckerberg, however, is rumored to be less than enthusiastic about Mezrich’s depiction of his rise to fame and unbelievable fortune. Neither the Palo Alto-based social network’s CEO nor any of his underlings have commented publicly on the book, and it’s no surprise that employees are said to have been warned against talking to anyone associated with the film.
While the movie has not gone into production yet, we were able to get a treatment of what the movie might look if it were shot in the 1950s.
Actually, if you want a blow by blow report that details the actual screenplay, according to the Silicon Valley Insider, the plot line can be found here.
Not a pretty story as 'deceit' plays a large role in how Zuckerberg wrangled control of a company that was first conceived by him and his college buddies at Harvard. Be interesting to see the final adaptation when it appears at movie theaters in 2010.
Oh, and by the way, I haven't heard of any casting calls actually requested for Cashmore, Kawasaki or Vaynerchuk. No big screen for them. At least not at the present time. Perhaps, when 'Twitter, The Movie' rolls out, we can give them future consideration!
POLL UPDATE- Our readers have voted for Shia LeBeouf as the number one contender to play the role of Mark Zuckerberg in this Facebook biopic, and today (Sept 8), it was just announced that Justin Timberlake will star as Sean Parker, one of the original founders of Facebook, and the subsequent founder of Napster.