Joseph Gordon-Levitt is one of the most talented young actors working in the movie business right now. The guy disappears in the characters he plays and he can't help but radiate charm. It's no wonder that he is currently in talks to star in two upcoming action films that are being developed by two different directors.
Gordon-Levitt may end up re-teaming with director Rian Johnson who worked together on the film Brick, which boosted Gordon-Levitt's acting career in the right direction. He is currently in talks to star in Johnson's sci-fi film called Looper. The story takes place in a future in which time travel has been invented, with operatives sent back to the present to assassinate criminals. Gordon-Levitt will play a man sent back to kill himself.
This is a pretty crazy and fun plot line. Johnson is a great writer and a great director, and Looper is a film I'm really excited to see, especially with these two talents teaming back up. In a interview with /Film Johnson revealed a few additinal details on the film:
- The film will be set roughly thirty years in the future
- The film will depict a dystopian society that has gone to “hell.”
- A disruptive element will have traveled back in time from even further in the future
- The time travel element is part of the setup, much like in The Terminator but not an active ongoing part of the story
- Looper will be “very dark, very violent. It’s the exact opposite of Bloom.”
The second movie that Gordon-Levitt is up for a role in is David Koepp's Premium Rush. In this film Gordon-Levitt will play a New York 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.
Koepp is Hollywood's highest paid screenwriter his credits includes films like Jurassic Park, Panic Room, Toy Soldiers, Carlito’s Way, Spider-Man, War of the Worlds and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. I said he was the highest paid screenwriter in Hollywood, not the best. Although he does have a couple good films in this resume. He also tried his hand at directing, developing films such as Stir of Echos, Secret Window, and Ghost Town.
I'm sure Gordon-Levitt will do a fine job acting in both roles, but I'm definitely more excited to see him in the sci-fi film Looper. What about you?