Thanks to the movie The Social Network, we all became very familiar with the folks who helped bring about the social media giant known as Facebook.
Now, with the company's IPO unleashing more than 400 million shares today, we thought it might be a good time to check in and see what's going on with not only the real-life people portrayed in the film, but also the stars who brought them to life in the Oscar-winning flick as well.
Mark Zuckerberg: The 28-year-old Internet entrepreneur is planning to sell 30.2 million shares in the IPO offering, which could net him about $1 billion, according to CNN. However, he would still hold 503.6 million shares, a stake expected to be worth roughly...$19.1 billion!
Jesse Eisenberg In the wake of earning a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Zuckerberg, the 28-year-old actor starred in 30 Minutes or Less and lent his voice to the animated feature Rio. He'll next be seen this summer in Woody Allen's latest film, To Rome with Love, alongside Ellen Page, Alec Baldwin and Penélope Cruz.
Sean Parker: Facebook's first president is joining forces with his Napster cofounder, Shawn Fanning, on Airtime. Per BrandChannel.com, the duo's newest project is a video chat service for Facebook users and will be unveiled on June 5 at Milk Studios in New York City.
Justin Timberlake The multitalented star followed up his critically acclaimed performance as Parker with movies like Bad Teacher, Friends With Benefits and In Time. He just wrapped work on the films Trouble with the Curve and the Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis opposite Carey Mulligan. Oh yeah, and he's engaged to Jessica Biel.
Eduardo Saverin: When reports came out last week that the Brazilian-born cofounder of Facebook had renounced his American citizenship, many accused the 30-year-old of doing so in order to avoid taxes. "It is unfortunate that my personal choice has led to a public debate, based not on the facts, but entirely on speculation and misinformation," he said in a statement sent to Forbes. While Saverin left Facebook with a legal settlement after only two years, his remaining stake in the company will likely be worth more than $3 billion when Facebook goes public today, per The New York Times.
Andrew Garfield Sure, his portrayal of Saverin got him plenty of attention, but his next gig playing the lead in The Amazing Spider-Man will surely make the 28-year-old a household name. Garfield is currently wowing audiences with his Tony-nominated performance in the Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.
Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss: While their legal battle with Facebook was at the heart of The Social Network, the duo is now focused on developing small start-up companies by providing funding via Winklevoss Capital Partners. Cameron told CNBC last month that it is important to find a company that is truly different before investing. "You have to look at the people that are behind the product, who they are, what their background is, do they have a track record of success?" he said.
Armie Hammer The 25-year-old actor's dual role as the twins (with a little help from actor Josh Pence and some CGI) has led to myriad roles in other movies like J. Edgar, Mirror Mirror and the highly anticipated The Lone Ranger, in which Hammer takes on the title character opposite Johnny Depp's Tonto.
Erica Albright: It's doubtful whether the college girlfriend of the film, whose dumping of Zuckerberg sparked his eventual creation of Facebook, actually exists—at least with that moniker. A website claiming to be that of the real-life Erica Albright notwithstanding, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin admittedly conflated characters in some cases and changed names in others. And in Zuckerberg's former LiveJournal blog transcript, which Sorkin used mostly word for word in the film, the girl he famously called "a bitch" had a different name (it's also unclear whether she was his girlfriend).
Rooney Mara While her role as Albright may have been one of the smallest parts in the movie, there's certainly nothing tiny about this 27-year-old's career. Mara, who landed an Oscar nomination for her gripping performance in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, has no less than four more films already lined up, including director Terrence Malick's Lawless with Ryan Gosling, Natalie Portman and Christian Bale.