Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who last starred as a lovelorn man in "(500) Days of Summer," is taking a turn into action territory.
The actor is in final negotiations to star in "Premium Rush," a Columbia chase thriller being directed by David Koepp. He also is in talks to topline "Looper," a sci-fi thriller that will reteam him with "Brick" director Rian Johnson.
"Rush" sees Gordon-Levitt as a New York bike messenger who picks up an envelope at Columbia University, only to be chased throughout the city by a dirty cop desperate to get his hands on it.
Koepp, one of the town's hottest screenwriters, wrote the script with John Kamps. Gavin Polone, who produced "Zombieland" for the studio, is producing the pic, which is eyeing a late-summer start. Matt Tolmach and Elizabeth Cantillon are overseeing for the studio.
Gordon-Levitt then could segue to "Looper," the latest movie from Johnson. Veteran producer Ram Bergman is producing with Endgame, which also is financing.
Johnson gave Gordon-Levitt one of his first major roles as the actor was coming off five years worth of "3rd Rock From the Sun." Gordon-Levitt's role in "Brick" represented a 180-degree turn from his NBC sitcom work.
"Looper" is set during a future in which time travel has been invented, with operatives sent back to the present to assassinate criminals. Gordon-Levitt will play a man sent back to kill himself.
Repped by CAA and attorney Karl Austen, Gordon-Levitt next appears in Christopher Nolan's "Inception" and stars in the indie drama "Hesher," which premiered this year at Sundance.
-Both projects sound interesting, and are different roles for JGL...thoughts?