Jesse Eisenberg Abandons ‘Ceremony’ for David Fincher?

Jesse Eisenberg has a couple of days left before he becomes a real life movie star, because his new movie Zombieland, with its epic cameo, is about to become a hit. When I spoke to Eisenberg in August for a profile in our October issue, he was stressing about how hard it is to land roles, despite the fact that he’s already appeared in critical successes like Roger Dodger, The Squid and the Whale, and Adventureland. He had a few movies “in the money raising stages,” but there was one role in particular he was excited about called Ceremony, about a young man (Eisenberg) who falls in love with an older woman (played by Elizabeth Banks) whose wedding he tried to stop. But today the trades are reporting the film has been recast with Michael Angarano, who was initially set to play Eisenberg’s best friend, now taking the lead.

Back in August, Eisenberg had this to say about Ceremony: “It’s a really good movie, a dark comedy. The director liked The Squid and the Whale. I think that’s why he cast me in it, actually. He would like to achieve a similar tone, you know, without being derivative. But, I guess because I’m articulate or something and maybe not a lot of actors are articulate. It’s with Elizabeth Banks. Do you know her? I go to break up her wedding.” Not anymore. Banks has also been replaced by the more Amazonian Uma Thurman. What’s going on here? Oh, right, The Social Network and David Fincher happened. Earlier this month Eisenberg was cast as Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg in David Fincher’s adaptation of Accidental Billionaires, which is set to begin shooting in October, the same month Ceremony is scheduled to start, once again proving the old Hollywood adage — you drop everything you believe in for a chance to work with David Fincher.

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