Joseph Gordon-Levitt Playing Bike Messenger, Future Man Sent to Past to Kill Himself

May 4, 2010

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According to Heat Vision, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is lining up roles in two new films. One film has a title that sounds like a limited edition Mountain Dew flavor; the other sounds like a Dolph Lundgren film:

The actor is in final negotiations to star in "Premium Rush," a Columbia chase thriller being directed by David Koepp. He also is in talks to topline "Looper," a sci-fi thriller that will reteam him with "Brick" director Rian Johnson.

"Rush" sees Gordon-Levitt as 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.

"Looper" is set during 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.

So Premium Rush is the premise to an ABC Family film that involves Eugene Levy getting a bucket of paint over his head before driving his police car into a pond, and Looper just adds time travel to this Kids in the Hall sketch?

I never thought the director of Brick and Brothers Bloom would move on to writing sci-fi movies clearly conceived while stoned.

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