Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Rainn Wilson Sign on for HESHER

     April 29, 2009

Written by Matt Goldberg

According to The Hollywood Reporter, actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Rainn Wilson have joined Natalie Portman for the indie dramedy “Hesher”. THR describes the plot as “a loser twentysomething who invades the life of an awkward 13-year-old who is living with a pill-popping father and grandmother. Gordon-Levitt is playing the title character, a good and bad influence on the boy’s life. Wilson is the dad trying to keep his family together after the death of his wife.” Um, out of curiosity, where does the –edy part of “dramedy” come into this. Are you sure it’s short for “comedy” in this instance and not “tragedy” or tragedy’s dark cousin “put-a-gun-in-my-mouth-and-pull-the-triggeredy”?

Portman, who is also co-producing the film, plays a supermarket worker for whom the kid falls for after she saves him from a bully. Why do I have the sneaking suspicion that conflict will come into play when Hesher inevitably falls for Portman’s character and then the kid gets jealous of a girl not only out of his age range, but out of his league. I mean, it’s Natalie Portman. She’s out of everyone’s league.

If I have a concern/excitement about the film, it’s Wilson. I’m not sure if he can really break free of Dwight Schrute but I’m anxious to see if he can do it and it looks like “Hesher” is giving him a great opportunity to do so. “The Office” won’t be around forever and if he wants to have a career beyond the show and avoid typecasting, he needs roles like this one and while I think Gordon-Levitt and Portman are givens for greatness, I’ll be keeping an eye on this film for Wilson.

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