‘Looper’ Trailer 2: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Doesn’t Want to Be Bruce Willis [Updated]

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 18th, 2013 at 9:38 am,

Now that Prometheus is in theaters (and causing all sorts of debate), the next big sci-fi film on the 2012 docket is Rian Johnson’s Looper, which tells the tale of a young hitman (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) with a unique job description: he eliminates targets sent back in time by mobsters in the future. The twist comes when Levitt’s character, Joe, is carrying out a routine execution – only to discover the target is the older version of himself (played by Bruce Willis).

 The first Looper trailer set up that initial premise described above, while highlighting the film’s futuristic action and the many chase sequences that ensue as young Joe hunts old Joe, and the mob hunts them both. The second Looper trailer and international trailer give us more of the storyline, thematic arcs, including how the characters played by Emily Blunt (The Adjustment Bureau) and Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom) fit into the plot.

Daniels’ character in particular has been something of a mystery during the early stages of Looper‘s development. Going by the edits in this trailer below, it is now safe to assume (courtesy of voice-over) that Daniels will be playing one of the head mobsters in the future – possibly the target known as “the rainmaker” that old Joe tells young Joe they must eliminate in the past. Blunt will play the love interest of Young Joe, who gets caught in the middle of the feud between the younger and older versions of her lover (talk about awkward…). Also making an appearance is Garrett Dillahunt (Raising Hope) and Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood), who seem to play other ‘Loopers’ (hitmen) who are either after Joe, friends with Joe, or a combination of both.

Now check out the Looper International Trailer:

This new trailer also introduces a lot of the interesting philosophical quandaries that Johnson – a filmmaker known for bringing gourmet food for thought to familiar genre tropes (see: Brick) – will be exploring. Time travel films have become a virtual headache for both filmmakers and audiences (see: Men In Black III), as they tend to come with convoluted logistics and inevitable narrative paradoxes. However, here Johnson seems to use the (oft-gimmicky) plot device for more purposeful means, ostensibly as a method for raising questions about the path life takes us down, and how the choices we make effect us in the long-term in regards to who we are, and who we become.

Looper Trailer Previews Looper Trailer 2: Joseph Gordon Levitt Doesnt Want to Be Bruce Willis [Updated]

While the action scenes and sci-fi tropes all look suitably entertaining, for my money it will be the scenes of young/old Joe sitting down to discuss their connection and history (or in young Joe’s mind, the lack thereof) that will really be the captivating aspect of the movie. We heard tell of how young Joe, confronted by the reality of his future, will start to question and/or change it, resulting in physical changes (and for JGL, various makeup alterations) that make him look more (or less) like older Joe. Should be an interesting ride.

Looper will be in theaters on September 28, 2012.

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  1. Wow! Looks great. JGL actually looks and sounds really different too.

    And Bruce is always a winner.

  2. The only rule is never let the guy get away, even when you’ve arranged to shoot him on the edge of a cornfield. And if he does escape, never assume his story about a future dystopia isn’t just a ploy to get you to eliminate the people he’d have to share a Powerball jackpot with. And get those numbers from him. And don’t wear distracting make-up, and if you play a metalhead keep the performance tonally consistent.
    That’s actually a lot of rules, but I think Johnson can manage them.

  3. I’m there. Never was a big fan of BRICK but this looks interesting. JGL has evolved into a must see actor and like it was said, Bruce is still kicking ass.

  4. Indeed. Intrested.

  5. That was awesome.

    Bruce Willis still kicking ass and is badass.

    JGL is a great actor.

    I am now intreseted in this movie and I hope this turns out to be awesome.

  6. ok, now we’ve all seen a young bruce willis and he looks nothing like jgl.

    but this movie looks awesome, so i think i’m gonna watch it anyways.

  7. Did anyone else notice that there’s possibly TWO JGL’s in this movie? There seems to be the main one we see for the most of the trailer and a longer-haired, differently-styled one. Maybe there’s an alternate timeline JGL that hunts BOTH of them down?

    • no

      • Actually he is right.

        • You see him only briefly. He looks like a Yakuza hitman.

  8. i wonder if they tweak JGL voice cause it sounds sick!
    sounds like a true mobster

  9. Looks really interesting. I’ll be checking this one out. Hope it can be a hit.

  10. This movie looks pretty good. Not sure if I’ll see it in theaters, but it definitely looks pretty cool.

  11. It seems like they have put some CGI on JGL face to try to make him look a bit more like Bruce Willis(I don’t think he does). Is that true, or is it just make-up and prostetics, or did JGL get plastic surgery?

  12. Bruce Willis 4 life lol n JGL/Nightwing is a f**kin boss

  13. Bout time Brucey did something decent, he has been on auto pilot for years, Surrogates could have been a decent movie if it wasnt so short!!

    JGL can do no wrong in my eyes, can’t wait to see what he does in the Dark Knight, who would have thought that the annoying kid from Third Rock from the Sun would turn out to be so cool!!

    • Ha! I was thinking the same thing!

  14. I’m without a doubt intrigued but I’m not sold on if this is a must see in the theater or a rental yet. I’m sure I’ll get used to it but the mo-cap work on JGL is a bit distracting.
    Also, to be completely honest I love me some Emily Blunt ;) I wish we got to see her in more films…

    • It’s not mo-cap. It’s only practical effects through prosthetics and make up.

  15. New trailer looks even more awesome, this is turning out to be an epic year for movies!!

  16. I come from the Marty McFly School of Time Travel so I’m not really a big fan of new gen temporal paradoxes… I’ll give it the peoples eyebrow and wait for Netflix…

  17. Is it Just me or does prosthetically enhanced JGL look like Daniel Craig…I was thinking, theres a 007 tie in somewhere in this movie lol.