Emily Blunt Joins the Cast of Rian Johnson's New Sci-Fi 'Looper'
by Alex Billington
October 1, 2010
Now this is shaping up quite nicely! The next film from Brick and Brothers Bloom director Rian Johnson is a time travel sci-fi project called Looper. He already has Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis attached to star, both playing the same character (from different times, obviously, without getting into a lot of spoilers), but another actress has been added to the cast. Prod Weekly was the first to report (via SlashFilm), with confirmation from Hollywood Reporter, that actress Emily Blunt (next seen in Gulliver's Travels and The Adjustment Bureau) has been cast as the female lead, a mother of a boy who is key in the time travel story.
Looper is one of those films that I wish we could all initially see completely fresh, without knowing anything about it, but I'm sure plenty of details will get out by the time it premieres, which is a bit unfortunate. Here's the setup for Looper as described by THR: The complicated plot involves a killer (Gordon-Levitt) who works for the mob of the future. He, along with other so-called Loopers, dispose of people that are sent from the future. When he recognizes one victim as his future self (Willis), he hesitates, letting the man escape. Now, in order to save his immediate future, the man needs to track down and kill his future self, while his future self is trying to find and kill a young boy who is the key to his survival in the future. Pretty twisted plot, eh?
I can't wait for production to start and I'm so glad that Johnson isn't stuck developing this for years, as I'm already getting excited to see it. Blunt is a fine addition to this cast and I'm sure she'll do a fantastic job. I know there's a few other key roles left to cast, so I'm sure we'll hear more about this. THR says shooting is supposed to start in New Orleans in the first quarter of 2011. Stay tuned for any more updates on Looper!