Joseph Gordon-Levitt has found himself on the short-list for several upcoming films, including "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Godzilla," but the actor's next gig will take him to "Sin City," as he's signed on to Robert Rodriguez's sequel.
Gordon-Levitt will play one of the film's lead characters in Johnny, "a cocky gambler who disguises a darker mission to destroy his most foul enemy at his best game." Director Rodriguez explains that this is "a new character in the Sin City world" and that he is "excited for what Joseph will bring to the role."
The role, which was originally intended for Johnny Depp, will recur throughout the film's multiple storylines. Gordon-Levitt has also confirmed his participation in a release, where he cited his desire to work with Rodriguez and praised the first film's use of visual effects "to create a heightened world."
Deadline also reports that Gordon-Levitt will be joined by some other "tough guy actors" who will soon be added, and Josh Brolin is among the potential candidates there. The film has also added Christopher Meloni in a lead cop role.
Gordon-Levitt and Meloni join a cast that already includes Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson, and Dennis Haysbert (who will be taking over the role originally inhabited by Michael Clarke Duncan).
"Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" has actually been shooting since October, but Rodriguez is using his familiar technique that utilizes green-screen so actors can drop in when they're available. Gordon-Levitt will be squeezing his work in during an already busy schedule, as his directorial debut, "Don John's Addiction," is set to premiere at Sundance next week.
Fans shouldn't expect that schedule to include "Guardians of the Galaxy" now, either, as Deadline reports that those negotiations have ended and "Marvel is evaluating its other candidates."