With Dark Knight Rises, Looper, and BMX Bandits 2: The Banditing (aka Premium Rush), Joseph Gordon-Levitt has had a busy year and it doesn’t look like things are slowing down.
Previously rumored to be Warner Bros’ choice to don the cowl as Batman in The Justice League, and one of Marvel’s Star-Lord targets for Guardians of the Galaxy, the Inception star has zigged instead of zagged and taken a role in Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For, eschewing his chance to trip the life fantastic in outer space with a feisty raccoon and a tree man according to Mike Fleming over at Deadline. Here’s the scoop from Fleming:
I’m told that Gordon-Levitt will play the role of Johnny, a part that the filmmakers originally offered to Johnny Depp. He’s one of the core characters in overlapping story lines that feature returning players like Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson, along with newcomers that include Dennis Haysbert.
Fleming also adds that Josh Brolin‘s name has come up as another possible addition, though, I might add, nearly every thesp with a pulse and an iota of buzz has seen their name pop up in connection with the long-developing Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller co-directed feature.
So, with Levitt spurning Guardians (assuming he was ever actually in the running), what does that mean for the part of Peter Quill? Other contenders include Zachary Levi, Joel Edgerton, Jack Huston, Jim Sturgess, Lee Pace and others, though the list has been the subject of wild speculation and debate.
In other news: Levitt also apparently popped up as a contender for the lead role in Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla remake (along with Henry Cavill), before that rumor got dashed when reports started surfacing that he had already passed; a development that isn’t terribly shocking since that thing sounds like a mess.
All this activity begs one question though: what about the Bat-Man? Timing is the main reason why Sin City 2 precludes Levitt from taking a role in Guardians of the Galaxy, but it doesn’t necessarily get in the way of The Justice League, which is set to come out in 2015. So, what’s the hold-up? Could be money, could be that Levitt doesn’t want the role or that Warner Bros. want’s a fresh start. It could be any of those things and it could be none of those things, and if it doesn’t happen, we’ll likely never know why. I know, I know, it’s fucking frustrating, right? Still, keep an eye here and we’ll get through together, just you, me, and all those guys that keep asking who the busty model in our Facebook avatar is… (I know, I hate them too.)