First Look: HESHER, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Natalie Portman, and Rainn Wilson

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
December 4th, 2009

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If you have not yet heard of HESHER, despite that incredible cast list, do not fret. I had not either until recently...and it is my job to know! So, with that said, allow your mind to be as blown as mine was.

HESHER is a film four years in the making, from writer/director Spencer Susser. Susser is most well-known for his zombie short I LOVE SARAH JANE, starring Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Tim Burton's upcoming ALICE IN WONDERLAND), about a 13 year old boy that will stop at nothing to get to the girl he loves...even if that nothing means zombies. The short, which screened at Sundance in 2008, gained Susser some well-deserved recognition - enough for him to adapt it into a feature length at some point in the near future.

It also gained him enough recognition to get HESHER off the ground, as well as attract the impressive talents of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Natalie Portman, and Rainn Wilson. The film centers around a young boy named T.J., who is forced to live with his drug addict father (Wilson) and grandmother after the tragic loss of his mother. Enter Hesher (Gordon-Levitt), a young man with a sordid past that serves as a male figure to the boy. But Hesher is not someone you would want your kids to be enrolled in a big brother program with, leading the boy down his dark path alongside him. In steps a young grocery store clerk (Portman) to protect the boy from his new found friend/foe, causing T.J. to become infatuated with her. Yet Hesher doesn't move along so easily, as he moves into T.J.'s home, twisting this dramatic, interwoven tale even more.

With that cast - Rainn Wilson as a pill-popper! Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a maniac! - and that plot, this is one I will certainly be looking forward to. Need I remind you what happened last time Mr. Gordon-Levitt starred in a dark indie no one had yet heard of? We were given BRICK. Luckily, we will be able to bring you first word on the film, as it is set to premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival, which we are set to attend!

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Source The Hollywood Reporter via /Film

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  • yis

    This movie looks interesting.

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  • http://www.themovietrust.com/ yjc

    Thanks for the information. I wasn't looking forward to this film because of the hype, but now I am.

  • http://www.twitter.com/chasewhale Chase Whale

    Hey yjc,

    what have you heard about this so far? I haven't heard anything until now. Pretty stoked!!

  • http://www.twitter.com/chasewhale Chase Whale

    It sure does! Have you see I LOVE YOU SARAH JANE? Such a great short!

  • yis

    I just did, it's really good, loved the music on it.

  • http://www.twitter.com/chasewhale Chase Whale

    Hey yjc,

    what have you heard about this so far? I haven't heard anything until now. Pretty stoked!!

  • http://www.twitter.com/chasewhale Chase Whale

    It sure does! Have you see I LOVE YOU SARAH JANE? Such a great short!

  • yis

    I just did, it's really good, loved the music on it.

  • http://fleshlight.squarespace.com/ Jarvis Hostetler

    Also agree with #1. Every single time First Blood is on TV I watch it (which has been happening a lot on AMC). Just a damn good movie. Really original protagonist and some really good antagonists too.

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