2011 Oscars: Recasting ‘The Social Network’

Since our stars weren’t cast in any of this year’s Oscar nominated movies, we thought it would be fun to recast this year’s 10 Best Picture nominees with Latin stars. Up first: The Social Network.

1. The Social Network Recast: Intro

2. The Social Network Recast: Jesse/Frankie

Mark Zuckerberg

Played by Jesse Eisenberg, 27, in the film 

Recasting: Frankie Muniz, 26

Why he's right for the part: Who better to play a genius with deeply rooted personal issues than someone who's already proven he's gifted at portraying one? Frankie Muniz, 26, played the title character in FOX's Malcolm in the Middle for six seasons. Malcolm, a more-or-less normal kid who tests at genius level, was so sharp that his intellect made him feel like an outsider—which makes this part-Puerto Rican actor the perfect choice to play Facebook developer, Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network

3. The Social Network Recast: Andrew/Michael

Eduardo Saverin

Played by Andrew Garfield, 27, in the film 

Recasting: Michael Trevino, 26

For the role of Brazilian entrepreneur Eduardo Saverin (the cofounder of Facebook and one-time best friend of Mark Zuckeberg), we like Michael Trevino. Sure Trevino is easy on the eyes like Garfield—and they're both up and coming stars in Hollywood—but the real reason we picked him is that he has the dramatic chops needed to blow up at Zuckerberg and Sean Parker when they betray him. And as we saw this season on the CW's The Vampire Diaries, during his metamorphosis from man to werewolf, Trevino is one guy you don't want to mess with! Guard your laptops! 

 

 

 

 

4. The Social Network Recast: Justin/Bruno

Sean Parker

Played by Justin Timberlake, 29, in the film 

Recasting: Bruno Mars, 25

Sean Parker & Bruno Mars

We can pull off stunt casting too! Bruno Mars is smooth, has tons of style, and because he’s articulate and good looking, he’s just as believable as a guy who can get women into bed as he is as an internet technology genius. Therefore, he’s the perfect fit for the role of Napster founder, Sean Parker

5. The Social Network Recast: Arnie/Laz/Kid

Cameron & Tyler Winklevoss

Played by Armie Hammer, 24in the film 

Recasting: Laz Alonso, 36, and Kid Cudi , 26

In The Social Network, identical twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss—Harvard rowers who sued Mark Zuckerberg for $140 million dollars, claiming they created Facebook—are both played by one actor: Armie Hammer. For the role of Tyler—the polite and naïve twin who thinks they should be gentleman about the whole thing—we like Avatar star, Laz Alonso, who demonstrated in Spike Lee's Miracle at St. Anna,  that although he's built like a soldier, he can believably play a gentle character with a soft side. But for the role of Cameron Winklevoss—a badass rower who's as tough on dry land as he is when he's paddling in competition—we're throwing politeness out the window and hiring How to Make it in America star, Kid Cudi. This singer-actor is as raw and as real as it gets, and you don't want him getting in your face. We know these guys aren't twins in real life, but don't you agree they look alike? 

 

 

6. The Social Network Recast: Related Links