Joseph Gordon-Levitt Ditches ‘Galaxy’ For ‘Sin City’

Forget Batman. Forget Star-Lord. For Joseph Gordon-Levitt, right now, the only comic book movie character on the brain goes by the name Johnny.

In a surprising turn of events, the “Dark Knight Rises” actor has opted for a lead role in “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” director Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s follow-up to the 2005 fan-favorite thriller. He’ll play a new character created specifically for the film named Johnny, described in a press release as “a cocky gambler who disguises a darker mission to destroy his most foul enemy at his best game.”

Who is this most foul enemy that Johnny is going after? Someone new to the “Sin City” universe just like our cocky gambler, or a character we’re already familiar with? My money is on the latter — and I’m making the early prediction that Johnny is going after none other than The Salesman, played by Josh Hartnett in the first film.

As for JGL’s rumored role in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” consider the rumor busted. Deadline reports that in choosing “Sin City,” Gordon-Levitt has passed on the Marvel Studios epic. Some will say that the actor made the wrong call, but I’m not so sure I agree; in fact, I’m much more excited for “Sin City” than I was before, simply because of Gordon-Levitt’s casting. (And it’s not like there aren’t seven hundred other qualified candidates going after Star-Lord, anyway!) My only gripe is that he isn’t playing a Young Hartigan, “Looper” style.

“Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” hits theaters on October 4, 2013.


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