If the movie Looper isn’t already on your radar, it probably should be. For one thing, it’s the third film from writer/director Rian Johnson, who broke in back in 2005 with the hard-boiled high school noir Brick, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Looper reunites Johnson and JGL, which is great news since Gordon-Levitt is one of the most talented actors of his generation (we’re doing our best to forget about the unfortunate G.I. Joe incident). He’ll be playing Joe, a contract killer for the mafia who realizes that one of his next targets looks awfully familiar…it’s his future self, as played by Bruce Willis.
It’s the sort of thing we’ve seen done before in movies, so it’s not that surprising to see the two cast as versions of each other despite not looking much alike. A good enough actor can make you overlook the physical dissimilarities, and Gordon-Levitt has definitely got the chops for it. However, the Looper team is taking things an extra step by using prosthetic effects to make the actor look more like he could be a younger version of Willis. Sony has released the first two stills of Gordon-Levitt in makeup as Joe, and the effect is noticeable enough to be somewhat surreal but subtle enough to not call undue attention to the prosthetics. He certainly doesn’t look like he just stepped off the set of Moonlighting, but he does look a bit more like Willis. You can click on the images below to expand them into larger versions.
Looper is set to open in theaters on September 28, 2012.