More cool news from Cannes yesterday, this time dealing with Rian Johnson's sci-fi flick Looper.
Deadline landed the exclusive scoop, which states that Bruce Willis has now joined the futuristic action flick alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt
. Sources indicate that Willis and Gordon-Levitt will play the same character, just in different time periods as the story revolves around time travel and professional assassination.
Our own Monika Bartyzel chatted with Johnson recently and the director was kind enough to share a plot synopsis for the film.
"Looper is a time travel movie, set in a near future where time travel doesn't exist but will be invented in a few decades. It's pretty dark in tone and involves a group of killers (called Loopers) who work for a crime syndicate in the future. Their bosses send their targets hogtied and blindfolded back in time to the Loopers, and their job is to simply shoot them in the head and dispose of the body. So the target vanishes from the future and the Loopers dispose of a corpse that doesn't technically exist, a very clean system. Complications set in from there."
The premise sounds rather Terminator-esque -- which is never a bad thing as far as I'm concerned – with some Time Cop added in. The pairing of one of our last remaining action film legends (Willis) with a talented young actor like Gordon-Levitt is interesting. Johnson professes to love sci-fi and seems excited at the prospect of tackling this project, so it seems as though Looper is in good hands.
What do you think? Does the idea of Willis and Gordon-Levitt playing the same character in a flick about futuristic hitmen pique your interest or would you rather just watch Terminator for the 800th time instead? Sound off below.