joseph gordon levitt hesher 320 Sundance: 'Hesher' picked up by Newmarket“Hesher” has become the third film at Sundance to be acquired domestically.

Newmarket paid low seven figures for the Spencer Susser-directed film on Wednesday night (Jan. 27), reports Screen Daily.

The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the title role, but this isn’t the same boyishly cute Joey from his “(500) Days of Summer” role. Hesher is become a long-haired misanthropist who chain smokes, sets things on fire and lives in his van. His life changes when he meets young TJ (Devin Brochu), who’s grieving over his mother’s death. Natalie Portman and Rainn Wilson also star.

More Sundance reviews/buzz:

 – Does Katie Holmes finally get her chance to shine on the big screen in “The Romantics”?  Her character, “a tortured but still grounded woman with reasonable resentments, is a perfect vehicle for [Holmes’] skills.” [LA Times]

 – “Welcome to the Rileys,” Kristen Stewart’s non-Joan Jett movie, is an uneven film. Although Stewart has gotten most of the attention for this film, it’s James Gandolfini who’s doing the emotional heavy lifting in this film. [Cinematical]

 – Mark Ruffalo already appears in “The Kids Are All Right” at Sundance, but he also makes his directorial debut with “Sympathy for Delicious,” in which he stars as a priest trying to guide a homeless paraplegic deejay who has the ability to heal. An interview with the director-actor. [Wall Street Journal]

 – “Holy Rollers” has a fascinating premise: Hasidic Jews smuggle ecstasy into the US from Europe during the ’90s. Too bad the execution left out the comedy. [The Hollywood Reporter]

 – The great thing about film festivals is some of the gleefully bizarre offerings, such as “Cane Toads: The Conquest,” a film all about Australia’s ubiquitous cane toads, shot in 3D. It also boasts “the first 3-D dog acid trip sequence in cinema history.” [LA Times]

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