Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Bartha Appearing in Eisenberg’s Off-Broadway Play, “Asuncion”

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The Social Network star Jesse Eisenberg’s new off-Broadway play, Asuncion, will bring him together with another recent box office star, Justin Bartha of The Hangover and its recent sequel. The two will play opposite one another in the dark comedy, about two roommates who let a Filipino man move in with them, when it begins at New York City’s Cherry Lane Theater later this year.

“Unless you’re Brad Pitt or one of five or 10 actors, you don’t really get a chance to play the kind of film roles you’d like to,” Bartha told the Los Angeles Times. “Theater is a good way to counterbalance that.”

Bartha and Eisenbeg, good friends of one another, also acted together in 2010 indie flick Holy Rollers, about two Hasidic drug dealers. Eisenberg also wrote Asuncion, which is due to be directed by Kip Fagan.

Of his recent successes with The Hangover franchise, Bartha said, “The big benefit to doing a project like that it is to have a bigger creative life. It allows me more room to do theater, which is the reason I started acting in the first place.”

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