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