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Joseph Gordon-Levitt May Star in Both Looper & Premium Rush

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May 3, 2010

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One of my favorite actors, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (last seen in 500 Days of Summer and G.I. Joe), has potentially booked two awesome roles in two upcoming projects that I'm already looking forward to. Heat Vision says that Gordon-Levitt will star in Premium Rush, the bike messenger chase thriller that was written and will be directed by screenwriter David Koepp. Joe is also "in talks" to star in Brick director Rian Johnson's new time travel sci-fi project Looper, which confirms what everyone speculated would happen when it was first announced. Don't both of these sound even better with Gordon-Levitt attached?

Premium Rush was first unveiled back in November and will be Koepp's follow-up to the comedy Ghost Town (I hope it's a lot better than that, too). Gordon-Levitt will play a New York City bike messenger who picks up an envelope at Columbia University, only to be chased throughout the city by a dirty cop desperate to get his hands on it. I just think the idea of bike messenger chase movie is original and exciting and I'm looking forward to seeing Gordon-Levitt become a bike messenger badass in this. We'll keep you updated.

As for Looper, Johnson himself told us on Twitter that this news is a little premature (regarding Gordon-Levitt's involvement) and that even the logline isn't that accurate. THR says Looper is set during a future in which time travel exists, and hitmen are sent their victims from crime organizations in the future. We're not exactly sure who Gordon-Levitt will play, but from the mind of Rian Johnson it's sure to be brilliany. Given that Joe starred in Johnson's first film, Brick, everyone assumed that one day the two would work together again, and we were all hoping it would be on Looper. We'll let you know when this casting is fully confirmed.

I have a feeling that Heat Vision rushed this casting news to print a little too early, but I hope that Gordon-Levitt will eventually fully sign on for both of these sooner or later, because I would love to see him star in both projects. For now, you can see Joseph Gordon-Levitt next in Inception this summer and Hesher later this year and he's currently shooting Jonathan Levine's I'm With Cancer. Thoughts on these projects?

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  • Actually, I believe Levitt last starred in Uncertainty with Olivia Thirlby and Lynn Collins. Have you seen that yet Alex? Curious what you thought about it, I'm kinda torn in my feelings because I only liked half of it (if you've seen it, you'll know what I'm talking about). Premium Rush actually sounds a lot like the action half of Uncertainty. Both chases through NYC.
  • SO happy for him! JGL is one of the most talented and classy actors working today. So glad he's getting epic projects like these. Plus Inception this summer? Oh man, JGL is bout to be a SUPERSTAR!!!
  • People's Champ
    Stay classy JGL.
  • Dandooo
    Big fan of his, but please stop all thus tslkof him playin the riddler, or even the joker, ryan gosling should so get either of those jobs.
  • Ben
    Premium Rush is a horrible title but sounds cool. If he was to do a bike messenger movie then it should be the movie adaptation of inFamous. That would rock my world.
  • AC
    did the angels win the pennant? pj: it could happen! result, JGL gets movie roles...
  • Jacksion
    i like him. loved him in 500 days of summer. last time i've seen him (before 500) was 10 things i hate about you, and he was... a minor roll compared to others. good for him. i'll be looking out for these films.
  • M
    I liek him, he is really underrated. We'll see if he gets these
  • J
    The synopsis of Premium Rush reminds me of an 80s Kevin Bacon movie called Quicksilver. I enjoyed that film, but it is not one of Bacon's more memorable roles.
  • annie
    sound great, i thought it was motorcycle but i become more exciting to hear its bicycle, sounds cool cause its different :)

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