Coming off two of the year’s most critically-acclaimed films (Looper and The Dark Knight Rises), Joseph Gordon-Levitt is arguably one of the hottest actors in Hollywood. So it’s no surprise whenever news pops up that the actor is going to be involved in a high profile project.

Recently, the 31-year-old actor has been linked to a host of big-budget movies, including both Justice League (potentially reprising his role as Gotham cop John Blake) and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Interestingly, however, the next film Gordon-Levitt will take on won’t be either of these movies, but an entirely different comic book franchise.

In a press release, Dimension Films has announced that Gordon-Levitt has joined the cast of Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. Gordon-Levitt will play the role of  Johnny, “a cocky gambler who disguises a darker mission to destroy his most foul enemy at his best game.” The role was reportedly first offered to Johnny Depp.

The sequel to the 2005 film will see Gordon-Levitt join a strong ensemble cast including Clive Owen, Dennis Haysbert, Jaime King, Jamie Chung, Jessica Alba, Michael Madsen, Mickey Rourke, and Rosario Dawson.

Here’s what Gordon-Levitt has to say about the project:

“I love how the first movie uses visual effects, not to make fake things look real, but to create a heightened world unburdened by the look and feel of reality.  Plus, nobody makes a badass like Mr. Rodriguez.”

While it’s been eight years since the first film’s release, Sin City 2 has always been one of the most hotly anticipated sequels. The movie even made Screen Rant’s 25 Most Anticipated Movies of 2013. With JGL joining the cast, the project is only going to gain more buzz.

Of course, the news that Gordon-Levitt won’t take on the role of Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy will surely be a disappointment to Marvel fans. That being said, Marvel’s strategy of finding actors on the verge of stardom (as opposed to existing movie stars) has played out pretty well in previous films, so maybe that’s the best approach for Guardians as well.

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Sin City: A Dame To Kill For hits theaters on October 4th, 2013.