According to The Hollywood Reporter, the story centers around an awkward 13-year-old (is there any other kind?) who finds his life turned upside down by a twenty-something loser named Hesher, who moves in with the boy and his pill-popping father and grandmother. The family is in rough shape after the death of the boy's mother (hence the pill popping) and Hesher ends up having a good and bad influence on the situation. Wilson will play the father, and Gordon-Levitt the title role of Hesher. Portman is playing a supermarket employee who saves the boy from bullies, and becomes an object of his adoration. Portman wll also be co-producing the film with Lucy Cooper, and the film begins shooting next week in L.A.
The concept sounds dangerously close to some of those deliberately quirky comedies that have become so prevalent in the indie scene. But that can be forgiven with the right cast, and certainly will be a nice break for Wilson and Gordon-Levitt, who are fresh off summer blockbusters. Everyone knows you have to do an indie flick after doing a stint with CG and explosions to stay respectable.