New York Film Festival to Feature Sorkin's "The Social Network" and Taymor's "The Tempest"

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The New York Film Festival will open Sept. 24 at Lincoln Center with a screening of "The Social Network," a film written by playwright and television writer Aaron Sorkin that details the creation of Facebook, according to the New York Times.

The screenplay by Sorkin (A Few Good Men, The Farnsworth Invention, "The West Wing") is based on Ben Mezrich's book "The Accidental Billionaires." David Fincher directs the film and Scott Rudin produces. Jesse Eisenberg stars as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg, and the film also features Andrew Garfield, Rashida Jones and Justin Timberlake. The film officially opens Oct. 1. "The Tempest," a new adaptation of William Shakespeare's play directed by Tony Award winner Julie Taymor (The Lion King, Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark) and featuring a starry cast of stage and screen veterans, will be the festival's centerpiece, screening Oct. 2. Oscar winner Helen Mirren stars as the dethroned Prospera, heading a cast that includes Russell Brand, Alfred Molina, Djimon Hounsou, David Strathairn, Chris Cooper, Alan Cumming, Ben Whishaw, Reeve Carney, Felicity Jones and Tom Conti. The film will officially open in New York and Los Angeles Dec. 10 before opening in additional cities Dec. 17.

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