First Looks at Natalie Portman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in ‘Hesher’

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Hesher

I have plenty of images for films that will be showing at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, but I have been previewing so many images lately I don’t want this site to turn into some sort of image machine where people don’t read anymore so I am going to space them out a little bit. However, when I have your first look at Natalie Portman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Spencer Susser’s Hesher it seems a little silly to hold out.

The film is written by Susser and David Michod from a story by Brian Charles Frank, in which an awkward 13-year-old boy living with his pill-popping father (Rainn Wilson) and grandmother. His mother recently passed away and a loser twenty-something named Hesher (Gordon-Levitt) has entered the young man’s life serving as both a good and bad influence. Portman, who is producing the film with Lucy Cooper, plays a supermarket worker for whom the kid falls for after she saves him from a bully. Devin Brochu, Piper Laurie and John Carroll Lynch also star.

Upon the announcement of the film Gordon-Levitt wrote the following on his blog:

Before starting work for Mr. Nolan [on Inception], I’m doing this independent film called HESHER. I love it. Don’t wanna tell you too much about it, specifically, because personally, I prefer watching movies that I don’t yet know much about. I will say that the director is named Spencer Susser, and he’s the genuine article. Natalie Portman is producing and playing a part, and I think it goes without saying how cool that is. And I’ve taken up smoking for the temporary time being — sorry kids!

And there’s another reason I wanted to break this news here among the hitRECorders. In the 20th Century, in the Old Media, actors (or any other type of artists) didn’t have a direct dialogue with their audience. They had to go through the press. Well times have changed, and I gotta say, I much prefer it this way. I think the Hollywood Reporter is going to report on this story tomorrow, and I’m super grateful, and they’re awesome for doing that. Still, it feels good to speak for myself.

You can check out the four images in the gallery right here.


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