Ever since The Dark Knight Rises, Joseph Gordon Levitt has basically been unstoppable. The actor who was once known for his quirky grin and “aww shucks” spirit from Angels in the Outfield, 10 Things I Hate About You or Halloween H2o: Twenty Years Later (also known as the scariest film ever made about water). Levitt seems to have the market cornered in what seems like a Bucket-List-style mission to make a great movie in every conceivable genre. He shaped sci-fi with Looper, forged feel-good comedies with 50/50, and revolutionized romances with (500) Days of Summer.
One of his most recent roles was his part as “hot-head” Detective John Blake in The Dark Knight Rises, a role that may just be one of the most critical going forward in the next few years for the DC cinematic world. Whether it was the annual giddiness found in new year’s resolves or just the nerd community’s fostered infatuation with the young actor, last week the internet nearly collapsed in on itself at the news that Levitt very well could be starring in the lead role of Star Lord in James Gunn’s 2014 space epic Guardians of the Galaxy. Other names including Lee Pace, Zachary Levi, and even John Krasinski have also swirled around the part in the past few weeks, but now Levitt’s done the noble thing and removed his name from contention for the part in favor of a rather surprising project.
According to /Film, instead of Marvel’s ambitious journey through the galaxy, Levitt will be starring in Sin City:A Dame to Kill For. Directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller and starring Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, Rosario Dawson, Dennis Haysbert, among others. The long-awaited follow-up to the 2005 noir narrative began filming in August, so his involvement with this project over the next few months will directly conflict with any hopes of starring in Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s a unique choice, but Levitt seems to thrive on strange decisions. Guardians is sure to be one of the biggest films of 2014 (and any project attached to Marvel is a guaranteed attention-grabber), so there must really be something about Dame to Kill For that’s drawing something in, either in the script or the chance to work with the enigmatic Rodriguez.
Levitt’s set to play the character of Johnny, a character created by Rodriguez for the sequel described as a “cocky gambler who disguises a darker mission to destroy his most foul enemy at his best game.” Understandably, Johnny is reportedly a major character in the film and its overlapping storylines. On the flip side, Levitt’s riskier choices haven’t always paid off. As remarkable of an actor as he is, the guy’s not bulletproof. His role in G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra didn’t exactly foretell of the dramatic complexity he showed in Looper. Either way a name like Levitt’s attached to a project like Dame to Kill For will certainly peak the interest of a lot more fans like myself that weren’t exactly on the edge of their seats waiting for a Sin City sequel.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For hits theaters October 13, 2013, and Guardians of the Galaxy launches less than a year later on August 1, 2014. Stay tuned for casting news in the ongoing hunt to find the lead for one of Marvel’s biggest projects!