First Look: Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Rian Johnson's New Film 'Looper'

March 18, 2012
Source: Collider

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Looper

One of the questions inspiring Looper is "What would you do if you were sitting across the table from your older self?" Director Rian Johnson (Brick, The Brothers Bloom) has made a time travel sci-fi film called Looper, about Loopers, men alive 30 years before time travel is invented who wait at locations as mob hitmen, who take out people sent back in time to them. It's a great concept, until, as the question asks, what if the guy sent back was you. In the film, Bruce Willis plays the older version of Joseph Gordon-Levitt. While we've seen a good look at Bruce, this is our first good look at Joe playing Joe as Bruce, in make-up.

Following a successful WonderCon panel and debut of the first official teaser trailer for Looper (which will be officially out mid-April) they've unveiled these two photos to give us a look at what he looks like. As you can see, he definitely has the flair of a young Bruce Willis, but I really wish you could see the trailer. In the meantime, take a look at both of the newly unveiled photos of Gordon-Levitt in Looper below (via Collider):

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Rian Johnson's Looper

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Rian Johnson's Looper

In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented – but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past, where a "looper" – a hired gun, like Joe – is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good… until the day they decide to "close the loop", sending back Joe's future self for assassination.

Looper is the third film from Rian Johnson following his breakout hit Brick and The Brothers Bloom after that. Looper focuses on a mobster named Joe from the future who sends his targets back in time, but one day discovers himself as the target, causing him to go on the run. It may seem like a spoiler to know that he meets "himself", but it's the basic premises for the plot of the film, and we definitely see it in the trailer. But it goes much further beyond that, and there's a hint at bigger sci-fi questions as well, and lots and lots of gun fights and action. We'll definitely keep you updated on this one. My Rian Johnson interview coming soon!

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  • Guy
    What happened to his face? Is that what you mean by "in make-up"? And if so, what is the reason for it? Any insight? Sounds like a really cool film.
    • Teacherkid
       It's because he's supposed to look like a young Bruce Willis... Alex said that above the pics, where he also links to a pic from this film of Bruce.
  • pickle t1ts
    Hey, Hey! Nice Mateba hand gun!
  • Isildur_of_Numenor
    He looks more like Brad Pitt in the second one, haha! Looks badass nevertheless.
  • vvs
    I really see the Bruce Willis resemblance in the pic with the long hair. The Oval face, and the nose. The beady eyes and small mouth. This is gonna be a great movie. The script was better than Inception's. 2012 is gonna be for JGL for 2011 was for Gosling. 
  • Xerxexx
     He looks like Willis, awesome.
  • Roderick
    Kind of has a Michael Fasbender thing going on.
    Alex Billington, where is the Pistol?
    • Wait what, a pistol? OHHHHHH HA, yea... I forgot! Plus now that we have some good photos from this, I may not need to use it anymore. :)
      • DAVIDPD
         [Insert Darth Vader via Ep. 3] NOOOOO!
        • [Insert Darth Vader via Ep. VI] NO NOOOOOOOOOOOO!
  • Peter
    on my list




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