Set designers with "The Social Network," the partially made-in-Boston flick based on
local author Ben Mezrich's tell-all book about the founding of Facebook in a Harvard
dorm, set up shop at Wheelock College, located at 200 Riverway, as a stand-in for a
certain Ivy League hot spot in Cambridge.
Crews spent the afternoon of Monday, Oct. 19 covering the college stand-in with fake
Meanwhile, crews transformed the upscale South End gift shop Posh, located 557
Tremont Street, into a Harvard-esque bookstore called the "Crimson Emporium." The
storefront boasts "clothing & collectibles." Filming at Posh on Tremont is scheduled for
the afternoon of Wednesday, Oct. 21 and Thursday, Oct. 22. Also on Tuesday, Oct.
20, director David Fincher shot some on-campus scenes at Boston University.
And on Wednesday, Oct. 21 and Thursday, Oct. 22, filmmakers plan to get a little
closer to Cambridge when crews take over the Thirsty Scholar Pub located at 70
Beacon St. in Somerville.
Justin Timberlake will play Sean Parker, the Napster co-founder who became the
founding president of Facebook while Jesse Eisenberg has been cast as Mark
Zuckerberg. Andrew Garfield stars as Eduardo Saverin, a former founder who had a
fallout with Zuckerberg.
As previously reported in Loaded Gun Boston, crews are actively looking for locations
in Cambridge and Boston armed with a script crafted by Aaron Sorkin, the writer for
such flicks as "Charlie Wilson's War" and "A Few Good Men." While several scenes will
be shot in Cambridge, a part of the movie may be filmed in California.
Kevin Spacey, who in 2007 filmed the made-in-Boston flick "21" which was also
inspired by one of Mezrich's non-fiction works called "Bringing Down The House," is
producing alongside Scott Rudin and Dana Brunetti.
David Fincher, known for highly stylized work with films like "The Curious Case of
Benjamin Button" and "Fight Club," is in advanced negotiations to direct.
The script follows founder Zuckerberg getting dumped at a Boston-area bar and ends
with him adding his former girlfriend to his friend list on his multibillion-dollar social
networking site. The story is based on Mezrich's latest book, "The Accidental
Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook. A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal."
'Social Network' transforms Boston into Harvard
by Roland Hansen
|Delta Films - Movie News
with a local focus