The brothers are best known for suing Mark Zuckerberg over a dispute regarding the founding of Facebook

By Amanda Michelle Steiner
Updated March 27, 2015 12:40 PM
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HBO’s Silicon Valley is about to get real meta.

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss will play themselves in the upcoming season, set to premiere on April 12, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Winklevoss twins are best known for their lengthy legal battle with Mark Zuckerberg over Facebook; it was eventually decided that the Winklevosses would receive a reported $65 million settlement for their role in creating the social network.

That said, the Winklevosses will be well-placed on Silicon Valley – the series follows Richard Hendricks (Thomas Middleditch), who founds a startup hinged on a product called “Pied Piper.”

Before he breaks out on his own, Richard demos the product for his bosses at Hooli, a fictitious tech company. His idea is laughed off, but they later discover that the product contains a revolutionary data compression algorithm.

His boss, Gavin Belson (Matt Ross) then endeavors to steal the product by reverse-engineering it based on the demo with all the power of a massive, billion-dollar company behind him.

The parallels are fairly obvious.

Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel will also make a second-season cameo. He and the Winklevoss brothers are just the latest tech titans to grace the show, which welcomed Google chairman Eric Schmidt and TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington in season 1.

Silicon Valley premieres April 12 at 10 p.m. ET on HBO.

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