The Social Network, then and now
When The Social Network hit theaters in 2010, David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin’s drama about the creation of Facebook was lauded by critics and moviegoers alike. It earned more than $220 at the worldwide box office, won three Academy Awards, and helped launch the careers of three future Oscar nominees. But a lot has changed in the years since the film’s release: Franchises starring The Social Network alums have lived and died, Justin Timberlake has become a woodsman, and Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg (played by Jesse Eisenberg) has been called to testify before Congress regarding his company’s handling of user data. The latter development unleashed a slew of jokes on social media about The Social Network 2, so on the off chance that becomes a reality, it seems like the right time to see what the cast members have been up to.
Jesse Eisenberg (Mark Zuckerberg)
The Zombieland alum earned critical praise for his turn as Zuckerberg, landing his lone Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations to date. While he didn’t take home either of those trophies, he did emerge victorious for his performance at Lex Luthor in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Unfortunately, the award was the Razzie for Worst Supporting Actor. Despite BVS’ poor reception, Eisenberg’s cameo at the end of 2017’s Justice League teased a continued future for him in the DC Extended Universe. Outside of film, the actor has stayed busy as a writer, penning a plethora of plays, short stories, and humor pieces.
Andrew Garfield (Eduardo Saverin)
The role of Zuckerberg’s friend-turned-partner-turned-adversary served as a launching pad for Garfield, who went on to headline The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. After a busy 2016 that included his first Oscar nomination (for Hacksaw Ridge), Garfield turned his eye to the stage, where he’s currently starring on Broadway in Angels in America.
Justin Timberlake (Sean Parker)
Since playing the founder of Napster and first president of Facebook, Timberlake has continued to act, most recently in Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel. But he has also fully returned to the music scene, releasing three consecutive No. 1 albums and taking music’s biggest stage by performing at halftime of the 2018 Super Bowl. Oh, and he invested in MySpace.
Armie Hammer (Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss)
Hammer was called by two names in The Social Network, starring as the twins who sued Zuckerberg, claiming he stole their idea in order to create Facebook. The actor then got his chance to headline multiple big movies, including The Lone Ranger, but most were considered commercially unsuccessful. Hammer finally got a much-needed win with his role in Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me by Your Name, landing a multiple Best Supporting Actor nominations. He will have a busy 2018, as he’s set to appear in Sorry to Bother You, Hotel Mumbai, and the Felicity Jones-led Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic On the Basis of Sex.
Rooney Mara (Erica Albright)
Mara was another actor who immediately followed Social Network with a high-profile gig. In her case, it was the lead role in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, for which she received the first or her two Oscar nominations thus far (the second was for 2015’s Carol). Up next for the actress are a pair of films opposite Joaquin Phoenix: Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot and Mary Magdalene.
Rashida Jones (Marylin Delpy)
With an extended run on The Office already under her belt and Parks and Recreation just beginning, Jones was one of the more established actors in The Social Network. The actress and writer has continued her impressive TV run over the years, wrapping up Parks, co-writing an episode of Black Mirror, and headlining TBS’ Angie Tribeca. In 2018, Jones will return for season 4 of Tribeca, while also appearing on the big screen in Zoe and Tag.
Max Minghella (Divya Narendra)
Starring as the friend and business partner of the Winklevoss twins was the most notable role to date for the English actor, who had only a few small credits to his name. Minghella has continued to appear in films such as The Ides of March and The Internship, but he’s been most present on TV, where he recurred on The Mindy Project and currently stars on The Handmaid’s Tale (the man loves a project that starts with “The”).
Dakota Johnson (Amelia Ritter)
Playing Ritter, the Stanford student who introduced Parker to Facebook, was Johnson’s first adult role (more than a decade earlier, she briefly appeared in mom Melanie Griffith’s Crazy in Alabama). Johnson would soon star alongside Nat Faxon in the tragically short-lived Fox comedy Ben and Kate, but she’s best known for portaying Anastasia Steele in the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise. Despite the third and final film being released in early 2018, Johnson’s calendar is still booked through the year with three other films: Bad Times at the El Royale, Suspiria, and The Peanut Butter Falcon.
Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook co-founder and CEO/guy giving testimony on Capitol Hill)
He could be doing better.