Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rainn Wilson, and Natalie Portman in Hesher
by Alex Billington
April 30, 2009
Well this just shot to the top of my most anticipated indie projects! Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Rainn Wilson have joined Natalie Portman in the indie dramedy Hesher, being directed by Spencer Susser. The story centers on a loser twenty-something (Gordon-Levitt) who invades the life of an awkward 13-year-old boy who is living with a pill-popping father and grandmother. Wilson will play the dad trying to keep his family together after the death of his wife. Portman, who is producing the film with Lucy Cooper, will play a supermarket worker for whom the kid falls for after she saves him from a bully. Read on for more details.
While this may be the directorial debut of Spencer Susser, you'll probably want to start memorizing that name. Susser directed a fantastic zombie short film called I Love Sarah Jane (watch it online right here) that showed a whole lot of promise and I can't wait to see how his first feature film turns out. This is undoubtedly an awesome cast that he's pulled together, which is part of the reason why I'm so excited for this. I really hope we don't hear much about it and it stays quiet again until it this debuts at a festival like Sundance next year, because I want to be surprised again. Shooting will begin next week in Los Angeles.
I love Sarah Jane was excellent... I remember seeing it while back and thinking this guy needs to make a feature. And guess what?! IT HAS JOSEPH GORDON LEVITT!!
teyhtr on Apr 30, 2009
Yay for Joseph! But this shows this year and shooting only begins next month?
AbercrombieAndBitch on Apr 30, 2009
Sounds like the basic plot of the family indie movie with heart these days. Dysfunctional family + troubled kids.
Greedo the Rodian on Apr 30, 2009
This is like my dream cast! I've been in love with these three people for about a year now... So excited.
crumb on Apr 30, 2009
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