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Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Rainn Wilson Cast in Hesher with Natalie Portman

Cute Duo Join Natalie Portman in Indie Drama Hesher

To sort of steal a line from Zoolander, this casting news makes me think, "That Joseph Gordon-Levitt is so hot right now." He's currently the talk of the independent film town thanks to the good buzz surrounding his upcoming movie 500 Days of Summer, and he just booked a role in Christopher Nolan's next project. Now, he and Rainn Wilson have signed up for a movie titled Hesher that already has Natalie Portman on board as a star and producer. The Hollywood Reporter classifies this flick as a dramedy, and here's how it describes the plot:

The story centers on a loser twentysomething who invades the life of an awkward 13-year-old who is living with a pill-popping father and grandmother. Gordon-Levitt is playing the title character, a good and bad influence on the boy's life. Wilson is the dad trying to keep his family together after the death of his wife.

Portman plays a supermarket worker the kid falls for.

First of all, I didn't know what a "hesher" was until I looked it up online. I feel so behind the times. Also, I'm with Vulture on this point: "Dwight Schrute popping pills?! So, so wrong." Still, this film sounds cute and totally up my alley. What say you? Are you glad to see Gordon-Levitt booking more roles?

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tepiza tepiza 8 years
I did NOT like 500 Days of Summer so I'm hoping this movie will be better. I do love Rainn.
cdelaney cdelaney 8 years
i love jgl. i can't wait for 500 days of summer w/ zooey deschanel. i simply cannot contain my excitement...
nygurl nygurl 8 years
love JGL. think he's underrated and glad he's getting the recognition he deserves. can't wait for 500 days of summer. oooh, and he's going to be in chris nolan's inception with another one of my actor crush, cillian murphy. i'm going to run to see that one!!!!!!
niqua230 niqua230 8 years
I LOVE JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT! This is AWESOME!
emalove emalove 8 years
I love Rainn Wilson :)
superstar2780 superstar2780 8 years
lol bella. I have a crush on JGL too :) it's nice to see him getting more acclaim and notice but I don't want him to get too famous!
amloveaffair amloveaffair 8 years
Rainn is actually pretty handsome when he's not being Dwight.
Beauty Beauty 8 years
Whee! My ridiculous crush on JGL has intensified. I saw a boy who looks like him outside my bakery today (he wore a cute red ski cap — my weird Sonic Youth-y weakness!) and practically tripped over my own feet. And ever since, I've thought, "Oh, maybe that WAS him," because he's coming to town for the film fest. Wishful thinking, but let me have my daydreams, ok? In my world, JGL shares my love of warm croissants and short-legged cats. I must say, however: I'm disappointed that he didn't ask me to be in the film. The area I grew up in was soooo hesh, way more than the nice place in Long Island where Natalie Portman grew up. I'm practically a Method actor! I coulda been a contender! ;)
JCP0240 JCP0240 8 years
JGL is so adorable and is a great actor. Also love Natalie and Rainn. LOL to the zoolander reference buzz!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i love that natalie has so many projects in the works. it's great for her and she's one of my favorites. as for the rest of the cast - it'll make for a great movie i'm sure.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
I love Rainn!
Mariana48 Mariana48 8 years
love JGL! he's a really great actor! sounds like a good movie
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