Joseph Gordon-Levitt May Star in Both Looper & Premium Rush
by Alex Billington
May 3, 2010
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?