"It’s been a difficult road for Spencer Susser‘s “Hesher.” The film, which stars Natalie Portman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Rainn Wilson, seemed custom built to be an indie hit. The film debuted at last year’s Sundance Film Festival to mixed reviews, was bought up days later by Newmarket Films, and has languished for over a year without hitting theaters because of what appears to be internal politics. Newmarket chief Chris Ball left the company to form his own shingle, and at one point there were plans for the release to be a joint venture between Newmarket and Ball’s Wrekin Hill Entertainment. This deal would never come to pass, but Wrekin Hill has now independently acquired the rights to the drama and will release the film later this year.A trailer for “Hesher” has now landed, giving us our first real glimpse at the film and we have to say, we’re definitely intrigued. The film centers on a teenager (newcomer Devin Brochu) and his father (Wilson) who are forced to move in with the boy’s grandmother (Piper Laurie) after the sudden and tragic death of their mother/wife.
Natalie Portman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Nicole and Hesher in "Hesher" (2010)
A young man with a troubled past named Hesher (Gordon-Levitt) assumes the role as both mentor and tormentor, while a young grocery clerk (Portman) steps in to protect the teenager, and becomes the object of his fantasies". Source: blogs.indiewire.com
Natalie Portman stars as Nicole in Newmarket Films' Hesher (2011)
Hesher Trailer featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Natalie Portman, Rainn Wilson, Piper Laurie, John Carroll Lynch, etc.