Emily Blunt has recently demonstrated a fondness for sci-fi, which is good, because I have a fondness for both Ms. Blunt and science fiction. This first manifested itself in The Adjustment Bureau, a Phillip K. Dick adaptation that co-stars Matt Damon. That film has a great trailer, but Blunt could top herself by connecting with more things I’m fond of. Like Joseph Gordon-Levitt. And director Rian Johnson (Brick). Also, time travel movies and Bruce Willis.
According to Production Weekly, Emily Blunt is rumored for a role in Johnson’s Looper, which stars Gordon-Levitt and Willis. Hit the jump for what we know so far about the film, and how Blunt might fit in.
Here’s the synopsis, as imparted by Johnson:
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, much different from Bloom, 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.
Pretty cool, huh? Loads of potential, at the very least. Who better than Johnson to realize that potential? Brick was a revelation, and even The Brothers Bloom was an immensely entertaining disappointment for this writer. Plus, there was that fantastic Breaking Bad episode he directed.
Peter over at /Film has read the script, and he likes Blunt for the leading lady role, “a woman/mother named Sara who finds Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) hiding out on her farm.” So, this is a near future where 27-year-old mothers own farms. I can get behind that.
Looper starts filming in January, which is at once relatively soon and much too far from now. The Adjustment Bureau hits theaters on March 4, 2011, but you can catch Blunt on screen later this year in Gulliver’s Travels (if you must) starting December 22nd.