For a while, it was beginning to seem that the incredible ensemble cast for Quentin Tarantino’s southern take on the spaghetti western was almost too perfect. Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Chistoph Waltz, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington, Sacha Baron Cohen, Kurt Russell. It’s the ideal hodge podge of actors, the exact kind of mix that Tarantino is known for working with, but due to scheduling conflicts, “Django Unchained” is losing one cast member.
Back in February Deadline reported that Gordon-Levitt was deciding whether he could still appear in “Django Unchained” as his first directorial effort, “Don Jon’s Addiction,” started to come together. But the actor recently confirmed to MTV News that his busy schedule will keep him out of “Django Unchained.”
“No, I’m not going to get to do that,” Gordon-Levitt said. “I’d love to, but it just doesn’t work.”
Gordon-Levitt already had one busy 2012 planned, even before the announcement of “Don Jon’s Addiction.” This summer alone, he’ll appear in his second film for director Christopher Nolan and the finale of the Batman trilogy, “The Dark Knight Rises,” and the upcoming bike messenger thriller, “Premium Rush.” September brings the highly anticipated sci-fi film “Looper” from Rian Johnson, and he’ll end his year as the son of our 16th president in Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln.”
Gordon-Levitt said that he had spoken with Tarantino, and the director gave his support. “I’ve been in touch with Quentin about it, and it was so cool to trust me to do this little part in his movie,” Gordon-Levitt said. “I would have loved, loved to have done it. He’s one of my very favorite filmmakers, and he was really supportive of me directing and that meant the world to me.”
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