Joseph Gordon-Levitt Will Direct His First Film This Year

Joseph Gordon-Levitt has a monumental 2012 in front of him. He’s set to star in some of the year’s biggest films, including “The Dark Knight Rises,” Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” the sci-fi thriller “Looper” and Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained.” That isn’t even counting his bike messenger starring vehicle, “Premium Rush.”

But now, you can add a directorial debut to JGL’s planned list of 2012 accomplishments. This year, Gordon-Levitt will helm his first movie, a comedy he wrote himself. He’ll also pull star duty as the film’s lead, a “modern-day Don Juan” who tries to change his womanizing ways.

Scarlett Johansson will co-star, along a yet-to-be-cast second female lead. Gordon-Levitt said that the role is one that may surprise the fans that know his previous work. “I wrote myself a helluva role, one that people wouldn’t necessarily thought of me for,” he said.

The actor opened up to Deadline about his directorial debut, something he’s wanted to do for years. “I was a child actor for years and quit at 19, went to school awhile, and a big part of why I came back was that I ultimately wanted to make movies,” he said.

Gordon-Levitt gave credit to the list of prestigious directors he’s worked with as one of the big reasons he feels ready to do this. “I spent a year working with Chris Nolan, Rian Johnson, Steven Spielberg, and I did my best to pay attention,” he said. “I’ve also been making short films for a long time now, I’ve directed a ton of them, and that is a huge part of why I feel comfortable and confident in this.”

The writer/director/actor duty may come at a cost to Gordon-Levitt, though. The busy work schedule involved with directing and starring in a film could mean no “Django Unchained” for the actor. “It will be tricky schedule-wise, but I was honest with Quentin upfront,” he said.

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