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The Best Under-30 Actor in Hollywood Adds Another Film

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 30, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 30, 2009 |

Here’s a nice way to start your morning: If you haven’t actually had a chance to see Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a movie since he left “3rd Rock from the Sun,” you really are missing out. He’s bloody remarkable. Do yourself a favor: Watch Mysterious Skin, Brick or even The Lookout, and make sure and see 500 Days of Summer this July. The guy is flat-fucking-out: Likable, quick-witted, and charismatic without being in heat about it. He exudes a brilliant dorky-coolness, and so far, he’s been really great with his movie choices (save, I expect, for G.I. Joe).

He’s been doing a lot of indie flicks and smaller films, and besides G.I. Joe, he’s got a few more coming up — Women in Trouble with Carla Gugino and Connie Britton, for one (please, refrain from Cougar jokes). He’s also starring in a sequel to that same movie. In both, directed by Sebastian Gutierrez , he plays Bert Rodriguez, and in both, Carla Gugino plays porn star Elektra Luxx. He’s also been cast in Christopher Nolan’s next flick, alongside Ellen Page and Leonardo DiCaprio.

All of which to say: By this time next year, Levitt will probably be in the top five of our 2010 Most Bangable Celebrities list.

To what brings us here: Yesterday, Levitt was cast in a indie flick, Hersher, starring alongside Natalie Portman and Rainn Wilson. The film centers on Levitt’s character, who befriends a 13-year-old with a pill-popping father (Wilson). Portman plays a grocery story cashier, who the 13-year-old develops a crush on after she saves him from bullies. Portman produces, and the film comes from Spencer Susser, a music video director who recently directed an acclaimed short film, set in a post-apocalyptic world, about a 13-year-old who falls in love with a girl and is willing to beat off zombies to prove his affection.

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