Joseph Gordon-Levitt is easily one of the best – and busiest – young actors in Hollywood, tackling pretty much ever genre and never getting stuck playing the same sort of character twice. On September 30, 2011 he’ll be seen playing a decent guy whose life is thrown out of whack after he’s diagnosed with cancer in 50/50, based on a true story. He’s currently at work on The Dark Knight Rises, and after that wraps up he’ll get busy playing Robert Todd Lincoln in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. And Gordon-Levitt’s got Premium Rush, an action thriller from writer/director David Koepp, heading to theaters on January 13, 2012.
In Premium Rush, Gordon-Levitt plays a Manhattan bike messenger who accepts a package which leads to a cat-and-mouse chase that could end in his death. Check out the first trailer and see what you think:
The Plot: Dodging speeding cars, crazed cabbies, open doors, and eight million cranky pedestrians is all in a day’s work for Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), the best of New York’s agile and aggressive bicycle messengers. It takes a special breed to ride the fixie – super lightweight, single-gear bikes with no brakes and riders who are equal part skilled cyclists and suicidal nutcases who risk becoming a smear on the pavement every time they head into traffic.
But a guy who’s used to putting his life on the line is about to get more than even he is used to when a routine delivery turns into a life or death chase through the streets of Manhattan. When Wilee picks up his last envelope of the day on a premium rush run, he discovers this package is different. This time, someone is actually trying to kill him.