I was sold on Rian Johnson's filmmaking abilities as soon as I saw Brick, his 2005 neo-noir that starred Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a high school PI investigating the mysterious death of his ex-girlfriend. The speedy deliver of the whip-smart dialogue was nothing short of amazing and much credit must go to Johnson, who scripted the picture as well. As soon as I heard he'd be reuniting with JGL on Looper, his biggest film to date, I was ecstatic. The addition of performers like Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt and Paul Dano only strengthened my confidence in the promising project and now there's even more reason to be excited as Variety reports that a handful of talents have just signed up for the film.
According to the source, Piper Perabo, Jeff Daniels and Noah Segan have joined the cast of the science fiction actioner, which centers on a group of killers who send bodies of their victims back in time, with China as the centerpiece of the storyline. Ram Bergman, who produced both of Johnson's past works, is back in the fold as is Endgame Entertainment's James D. Stern, who financed and produced the directors 2008 film The Brothers Bloom.
We won't see Looper until sometime in 2012 as it gears up to shoot by the end of this month, but if I could buy my ticket today, I would. This is going to be one of the smarter sci-fi films in recent memory, especially since Primer's Shane Carruth has signed up to design the time travel special effects for the project. If you missed that cerebral piece of cinema, you need to head back to 2004 so you can say you saw it in its....prime. Sorry, it was too easy...