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Joseph Gordon-Levitt signs for two action films

05.04.2010

Joseph Gordon-Levitt worked hard in indie dramas after leaving "3rd Rock From the Sun" earning rave reviews as an actor and not just a teen idol. All that hard work is paying off as Gordon-Levitt has signed on to star as the lead in two upcoming action films.

First, Gordon-Levitt will star in PREMIUM RUSH, a thriller that follows a New York City bike messenger who's being chased by a dirty cop desperate to get his hands on a package. The script was written by Steven Spielberg's go-to writer David Koepp who will also direct the film. Sony put the project on the fasttrack in November but apparently even the fasttrack can move slow sometimes. The film is imagined as a big-budget action film and I can only hope they get rid of that title, which makes it sound like a direct-to-DVD movie starring Skeet Ulrich.

While PREMIUM RUSH is all well and good, I'm actually really excited about this news. After wrapping the bike messenger film, Gordon-Levitt will star in LOOPER, the action-based time travel film that will reunite him with writer/director Rian Johnson (BRICK). The film takes place in the future when time travel has been perfected. The Hollywood Reports says the film goes like this: ssassins are sent back in time to kill criminals before they commit their crimes. As it would have it, his character is sent back in time to kill himself.

But Johnson updated on Twitter saying they have the logline backward and that "hit men are sent their victims from crime orgs in the future." So presumably the younger JGL has to kill an older JGL? And loop that would continue, hence the title.

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Source: THR

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8:12AM on 05/05/2010
Agreed! The JGL wave seems like it is starting. I'm excited about this news. He had a great year last year. This year should be fantastic with Inception. Next year will rock for him yet again... awesome
Agreed! The JGL wave seems like it is starting. I'm excited about this news. He had a great year last year. This year should be fantastic with Inception. Next year will rock for him yet again... awesome
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12:16AM on 05/05/2010
sooooooooooo no joker for Levitt?
sooooooooooo no joker for Levitt?
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7:33PM on 05/04/2010
I love that films are now embracing time travel and mind-bender type themes (Inception). Also Joseph Gordon Levitt is one of the better young actors out there.
I love that films are now embracing time travel and mind-bender type themes (Inception). Also Joseph Gordon Levitt is one of the better young actors out there.
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6:25PM on 05/04/2010

Definitely!

I'm glad JGL is getting all these roles, as i have seen all his Indie stuff. (Loved Brick, Mysterious Skin, The Lookout, and of course 500 days of Summer.)And he is definitely one of the best actors around. I'm sure he'll be great in Inception when that arrives, so seeing his more action side will be awesome. Why this guy hasnt won an Academy Award yet, I will never know!
I'm glad JGL is getting all these roles, as i have seen all his Indie stuff. (Loved Brick, Mysterious Skin, The Lookout, and of course 500 days of Summer.)And he is definitely one of the best actors around. I'm sure he'll be great in Inception when that arrives, so seeing his more action side will be awesome. Why this guy hasnt won an Academy Award yet, I will never know!
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4:59PM on 05/04/2010
Im confused about Looper. The original synopsis sounds like Minority Report/Repo Men. The corrected one doesnt make sense to me.
Im confused about Looper. The original synopsis sounds like Minority Report/Repo Men. The corrected one doesnt make sense to me.
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4:34PM on 05/04/2010
Right on, I've always been a JGL fan since Angel in the Outfield and this Loop movie sounds really good. Wouldn't be surprised if he ends up being the new villain in Batman 3.
Right on, I've always been a JGL fan since Angel in the Outfield and this Loop movie sounds really good. Wouldn't be surprised if he ends up being the new villain in Batman 3.
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4:33PM on 05/04/2010
Right on, I've always been a JGL fan since Angel in the Outfield and this Loop movie sounds really good. Wouldn't be surprised if he ends up being the new villain in Batman 3.
Right on, I've always been a JGL fan since Angel in the Outfield and this Loop movie sounds really good. Wouldn't be surprised if he ends up being the new villain in Batman 3.
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4:23PM on 05/04/2010

Awesome

JGL is one of the best actors out there today. He was the best part of G.I. Joe and his performances in Brick and (500) Days of Summer were great. Glad to see he's getting more roles and I'm looking forward to him in Inception.
JGL is one of the best actors out there today. He was the best part of G.I. Joe and his performances in Brick and (500) Days of Summer were great. Glad to see he's getting more roles and I'm looking forward to him in Inception.
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2:23PM on 05/04/2010
JGL Hell to the yeahhhh
JGL Hell to the yeahhhh
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2:06PM on 05/04/2010

Smiert --

You just described the settings of the films. Of course, they're different (though both in the future).

But Minority Report is ABOUT a Precrime cop who discovers he WILL commit a murder (psychics yes, but deals with future and shit). The story follows Tom Cruise as he struggles to figure out how he was set up and/or if he'll commit the murder that was "seen."

I personally think that bears a striking resemblance to THR's original post: "...As it would have it, his [JGL's] character
You just described the settings of the films. Of course, they're different (though both in the future).

But Minority Report is ABOUT a Precrime cop who discovers he WILL commit a murder (psychics yes, but deals with future and shit). The story follows Tom Cruise as he struggles to figure out how he was set up and/or if he'll commit the murder that was "seen."

I personally think that bears a striking resemblance to THR's original post: "...As it would have it, his [JGL's] character is sent back in time to KILL HIMSELF."

Though Johnson has corrected this statement, the underlying thread -- a lead character hunting "himself" -- is echoed in MR, since Cruise has to hunt down clues about himself to figure out what the hell happened and WILL happen. I stand by the similarity to THAT concept, but the director's update sounds much more original.
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1:33PM on 05/04/2010
Looper? Kinda sounds like a rip-off of Minority Report.. but with time travel.
Looper? Kinda sounds like a rip-off of Minority Report.. but with time travel.
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1:33PM on 05/04/2010

How exactly does Looper sound like Minority Report?

Minority Report was about 3 siblings who could see bad things that will happen in the future, and thus, a police force was formed to stop crime before it happened. No time travel.

Looper will be about a future where organized crime groups (Mafia and the like) are the only ones who use time travel because its illegal, and they use it to send their victims through time to assassins in the past.

In summation: What the FUCK are some of you talking about?

Anyway, this news is fuckin'
Minority Report was about 3 siblings who could see bad things that will happen in the future, and thus, a police force was formed to stop crime before it happened. No time travel.

Looper will be about a future where organized crime groups (Mafia and the like) are the only ones who use time travel because its illegal, and they use it to send their victims through time to assassins in the past.

In summation: What the FUCK are some of you talking about?

Anyway, this news is fuckin' awesome. Im a big fan of JGL, especially because of Brick, and now he's teaming with Johnson again for one of my most anticipated films? Fuck. Yes.
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12:56PM on 05/04/2010

The Ultimate Rush

Premium Rush sounds exactly like the book The Ultimate Rush by Joe Quirk. It was a great summer read.

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Premium Rush sounds exactly like the book The Ultimate Rush by Joe Quirk. It was a great summer read.

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12:54PM on 05/04/2010

The Ultimate Rush

Premium Rush sounds exactly like the book The Ultimate Rush by Joe Quirk. It was a great summer read.

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Premium Rush sounds exactly like the book The Ultimate Rush by Joe Quirk. It was a great summer read.

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12:23PM on 05/04/2010

Joseph as The Joker?

JGL is an incredible actor. I'd definitely watch his films...my only beef being Looper sounds too much like Minority Report. I'd really love to see if Chris Nolan considers Joseph to step into the shoes of The Joker for Batman 3. By now Nolan should know JGL's ups, downs, limitations, and strengths...based their time together filming Inception. I'm sure The Joker was meant to return for Batman 3 and it would be a shame to see the story compromised. JGL could do a solid job. Heck, he even looks
JGL is an incredible actor. I'd definitely watch his films...my only beef being Looper sounds too much like Minority Report. I'd really love to see if Chris Nolan considers Joseph to step into the shoes of The Joker for Batman 3. By now Nolan should know JGL's ups, downs, limitations, and strengths...based their time together filming Inception. I'm sure The Joker was meant to return for Batman 3 and it would be a shame to see the story compromised. JGL could do a solid job. Heck, he even looks like Ledger!
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11:53AM on 05/04/2010
SWEET NEWS!! The bike messenger idea sounds really great kinda like a throw back to the 80's. This dude is on fire. He's making a great transition into the big box office films too and picking some great projects to be involved in. Taylor Lautner take note buddy.
SWEET NEWS!! The bike messenger idea sounds really great kinda like a throw back to the 80's. This dude is on fire. He's making a great transition into the big box office films too and picking some great projects to be involved in. Taylor Lautner take note buddy.
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11:31AM on 05/04/2010
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is awesome and one of the best actors working today. He has not been in one bad movie and always gives great performances. Glad to hear him finally getting the attention he deserves. With Inception, and these two movies, Gordon-Levitt should have no problem rising to the top of Hollywood.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is awesome and one of the best actors working today. He has not been in one bad movie and always gives great performances. Glad to hear him finally getting the attention he deserves. With Inception, and these two movies, Gordon-Levitt should have no problem rising to the top of Hollywood.
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10:59AM on 05/04/2010
Jesus, the new Rian Johnson flick sounds like a proper mindfuck. Can't wait to hear more, and I'm glad to see Joe re-unite with him. Should be an interesting project. Go sci-fi renaissance!
Jesus, the new Rian Johnson flick sounds like a proper mindfuck. Can't wait to hear more, and I'm glad to see Joe re-unite with him. Should be an interesting project. Go sci-fi renaissance!
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10:31AM on 05/04/2010
"Looper" sounds like a rip off of "Minority Report." Hopefully both movies do well as JG Levitt pretty much rocks.
"Looper" sounds like a rip off of "Minority Report." Hopefully both movies do well as JG Levitt pretty much rocks.
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10:31AM on 05/04/2010
Who is the woman in the picture and where can I find more in that series?
Who is the woman in the picture and where can I find more in that series?
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10:10AM on 05/04/2010
This is the best freaking news. Levitt's the man, and seeing him back with Johnson makes me all kinds of psyched.
This is the best freaking news. Levitt's the man, and seeing him back with Johnson makes me all kinds of psyched.
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8:56AM on 05/04/2010
Looper sounds cool (but the title is a little meh) as long as it doesn't have the contrivences that normally come along with time-travel movie. JGL is the man, he has yet to turn in a bad performance.
Looper sounds cool (but the title is a little meh) as long as it doesn't have the contrivences that normally come along with time-travel movie. JGL is the man, he has yet to turn in a bad performance.
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8:55AM on 05/04/2010
Looper sounds cool (but the title is a little meh) as long as it doesn't have the contrivences that normally come along with time-travel movie. JGL is the man, he has yet to turn in a bad performance.
Looper sounds cool (but the title is a little meh) as long as it doesn't have the contrivences that normally come along with time-travel movie. JGL is the man, he has yet to turn in a bad performance.
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8:54AM on 05/04/2010
And whooo could've predicted this would turn into a Batman discussion after THREE posts?

Back to the NEWS AT HAND, after reading Hollywood Reporter's interpretation of the plot (of LOOPER -- shitty title), I thought of Minority Report. Granted, that was psychics working for cops in the future, I was still afraid it'd be too similar (the lead set to find himself). Glad THR was wrong because the film from the log line sounds great. I can only hope Johnson brings the ambience and dark
And whooo could've predicted this would turn into a Batman discussion after THREE posts?

Back to the NEWS AT HAND, after reading Hollywood Reporter's interpretation of the plot (of LOOPER -- shitty title), I thought of Minority Report. Granted, that was psychics working for cops in the future, I was still afraid it'd be too similar (the lead set to find himself). Glad THR was wrong because the film from the log line sounds great. I can only hope Johnson brings the ambience and dark intrigue of Brick. It'd certainly make for a sick movie.

We all know JGL always gives everything he's got. The dude seems like such a hard worker. Good for him that he's getting more recognition.
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8:38AM on 05/04/2010

Great news for jGL but....

Seriously, Nolan, if you're listening... cast this man as Ledger's replacement. They worked together, they look alike, and nobody could deliver the same intensity and humor like JGL can (examples: Killshot, G.I. Joe) the man can do it.
Seriously, Nolan, if you're listening... cast this man as Ledger's replacement. They worked together, they look alike, and nobody could deliver the same intensity and humor like JGL can (examples: Killshot, G.I. Joe) the man can do it.
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8:06AM on 05/04/2010
Looper is a terrible title. Much worse than Premium Rush. I hope they change both titles.

But I do like the sound of both of these, especially with the man that helmed Brick. It's going to amazing.
Looper is a terrible title. Much worse than Premium Rush. I hope they change both titles.

But I do like the sound of both of these, especially with the man that helmed Brick. It's going to amazing.
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7:54AM on 05/04/2010

Awesome!!

Extra Tidbit: can't agree enough!

JGL is one of the most talented actors around, and its great to see he's getting around to the action thriller genre.
Extra Tidbit: can't agree enough!

JGL is one of the most talented actors around, and its great to see he's getting around to the action thriller genre.
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