It’s good to be Joseph Gordon-Levitt right now. The former child star is set to premiere his directorial debut, “Don Jon’s Addiction,” a film he wrote and stars in with Scarlett Johansson, at this month’s Sundance Film Festival. Plus, it seems like everyone wants him in their movie. In the past week, Gordon-Levitt’s name has been attached to high-profile project like Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” but it’s a different kind of comic-book movie that has caught his eye.
Deadline is reporting that Gordon-Levitt will make Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s sequel “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” his next movie. The long-awaited follow-up to the 2005 hyper-literal adaptation of Miller’s comic book series started filming this past October after fans waited years for the promised sequel.
Gordon-Levitt has signed on to play a character named Johnny, a character created specifically for “A Dame to Kill For,” who, as described in a press release, is “a cocky gambler who disguises a darker mission to destroy his most foul enemy at his best game.” Deadline reports that he’ll be joining returning cast members Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, and Bruce Willis, whose involvement had not been confirmed until this latest report.
The actor took to his Twitter feed to enthusiastically confirm the news. “This one’s no mere rumor,” he wrote, “and it’s gonna be fun as f—.”
The news of Gordon-Levitt’s casting in “Sin City,” of course, comes with some bad news for Marvel fans. After recently being added to the long short-list of actors be considered for the lead role of Peter Quill a.k.a. Star-Lord in James Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Gordon-Levitt has officially turned down a spot in the space epic. That role is now up for grabs for a handful of actors including Jim Sturgess, Lee Pace, Eddie Redmayne, and many others.
Earlier this week, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Gordon-Levitt had also been considered to lead Gareth Edwards’ “Godzilla” reboot, which begins filming in March.
“Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” is scheduled to hit theaters on October 4.