Duo joins cast as indie 'Hesher' preps to shoot


Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Rainn Wilson have joined Natalie Portman in "Hesher," an indie dramedy being directed by Spencer Susser.

The story centers on a twentysomething loser who invades the life of an awkward 13-year-old 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 father trying to keep his family together after the death of his wife.

Portman, who is producing the film with Lucy Cooper, plays a supermarket worker for whom the kid falls after she saves him from a bully.

Matt Weaver and Scott Prisand also are producing, and Scot Armstrong ("Old School") exec produces. Susser wrote the script with David Michod.

CAA packaged the film and is co-representing its North American distribution rights with Endeavor.

The movie begins shooting next week in Los Angeles.

CAA-repped Gordon-Levitt, who stars in this summer's "(500) Days of Summer" and "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," recently booked a lead role in Christopher Nolan's "Inception."

Wilson, repped by Endeavor and 3 Arts Entertainment, appears this year in "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" and will shoot the indie comedy "Peep World." (partialdiff)