The buzz surrounding writer/director Rian Johnson’s upcoming sci-fi actioner “Looper” has been rather spectacular. There were actually teaser trailers for the teaser trailer, a concept that still boggles my mind. To be fair, the official teaser for the flick looks absolutely spectacular, particularly since it re-unites actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt with Johnson. As you may recall, the pair first worked together on the acclaimed 2005 high school mystery “Brick”, a film that, in my opinion, is one of the best modern-day noir tales currently on the market.
Since his excitement for the project simply cannot be contained, Johnson provided exclusive commentary on the trailer to the folks over at MTV. As you can tell, the director is easily just as jazzed about the project as the legions of fans who have been closely following he project since its inception.
Naturally, if you haven’t seen the clip, then this commentary will mean absolutely nothing to you. Before proceeding, why not take a second to peruse the trailer? It’s embedded below.
What really seems to set “Looper” apart from Johnson’s previous endeavors is the amount of action on-display. Sure, “Brick” and “The Brothers Bloom” had their fair share of explosions and macho theatrics, but there’s something special about the sort of stuff witnessed in the teaser for his latest effort.
“It was fun for me,” Johnson said regarding the film’s multiple action sequences. “You see flashes of a lot of action in the movie, and this is the first time I’ve been able to do it on that scale, which is really fun, especially working with a veteran like Bruce (Willis),” Johnson said. “Joe had a lot of fun working with Bruce on the action scenes. Bruce kind of showed us the ropes. It was pretty awesome.”
Regarding co-star Emily Blunt: She’s in there. Somewhere. Although it’s hard to spot her in the teaser, Johnson assures everyone that the British actress is, in fact, a part of the production.
“You see a quick clip of Emily Blunt, [but] there’s a whole sequence where she had to do some action work and she just kinda kicked ass. I’m excited for people to see it,” Johnson explained. “Emily really held her own when it was time to get out the shotgun and do some blasting.”
And, yes, I really want to see Emily Blunt wield a shotgun and do some serious damage. “Looper”, which also stars Jeff Daniels. Paul Dano, and Piper Perabo, opens in US theaters on September 28th, 2012.