Joseph Gordon-Levitt Joins ‘Sin City 2′; Won’t Star in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

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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.

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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.

Are you happy that Joseph Gordon-Levitt has joined the cast of Sin City 2? Let us know in the comments.

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

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  1. “Disappointment to marvel fans” yeah right. More like yes, stay out of my marvel. Dont really like him that much anyway

    • Can’t really generalize a group of people (Marvel fans) like that. I like JGL and am a Marvel fan. Congrats to him on this role tho.

      • I am a Marvel fan and I do like JGL but not for Star Lord.

    • The most overrated, overhyped actor of 2012. By far.

      • That distinction belongs to Channing Tatum.

        • Tatum isn’t overhyped or overrated. Hes just overused. Everyone knows he’s terrible. Even he admitted he wasn’t that good of an actor after he did The Vow.
          JGL has been pushed so hard and down our throats without doing much of anything. The kid has absolutely no expression on his face. Not that that’s the only thing but he has no business being in a scene with Daniel Day Lewis in Lincoln. The guy got chewed up in that movie. He needs to stay in secondary roles. No more.

    • dude did you see looper? or TDKR? the guy was incredible! I actually thought he was young bruce willis in looper and he totally held his own in TDKR which already had a star-studded cast to begin with. The thing about JGL is he can actually act. Theres so many actors that just play themselves in each role they take on, theres no variation when you watch them in different movies *cough* nic cage… but yeah JGL is completely different in every movie he does, and thats not something to scoff at. the dude’s really versatile.

      • Incredible in TDKR? Geez. He had no expression and he just read the lines. He was the worst part of the movie. He wasn’t particularly bad but to say he was incredible? What exactly did he do? His “I know who you are” monologue was awful.

  2. Dang I was really hoping that he would either be in JLA movie or guardians of the galaxy oh well I guess the nolan fanboys will stop complaining now

    • You can’t generalise a group of people like that. It’s ignorant.

      • Well I mean the complaining speaks for itself

    • That’s a group I am proud to be a part of!

      • A group that complains about WHO batman is under the mask do much to where they want Nolan’s batman to have nothing to do with the JLA that’s strange to be proud about that

        • *so

  3. Don’t care much for Sin City. Would’ve liked to see him in GOTG, but oh well.

  4. I was watching The Dark Knight Rises with my parents the other day and they recognized him as the kid from “Lincoln” and i told them that he had 4 major movies last year. Its kinda funny that we have to start mentioning movies he’s not in. He’s like what Ryan Reynolds was 2 years ago, you know before Green Lantern.

    I think the only superhero role i’d be excited to see him in is Flash in the JLA movie. Otherwise i dont really care either way.

    Sin City sounds nice though, but thats beyond Gordon-Levitt

    • He’s the new Gosling.

      • Gosling hasn’t been around long enough for someone to be the “new Gosling”.

        • I just meant in the sense that he seems to be (or is going to be) in everything lately much like it seemed Gosling was round 2011, I believe.I almost said ‘the new Nick Cage’ but I didn’t want to be derogatory.

        • Umm… Gosling has been around for over a decade. He is far from a ‘new’ actor… I think I own a dozen films he has been in. I wouldn’t say JGL is the new Gosling, more like JGL is the new Johnny Depp.

      • No

        Gosling makes great films, while JGL is making this blockbuster flicks. Gosling>>>>>>

        • Really? Considering he’s the independent movies’ darling, which is why he’ll be presenting at Sundance this year, I think you’re way off your mark in your hate. For every blockbuster he has made an independent feature.

        • Guess you’ve never seen Brick, Mysterious Skin, The Lookout, Manic, 500 Days of Summer. All independent films where JGL proved his acting chops long before the masses started realizing who he was because of Inception/DKR.

          Gosling has done his fair share of cheesy flicks (The Notebook, All Good Things). Having said that I love both actors and I’m glad they’re finally being recognized for their talent.

          • They should have both of them star in a movie together. Have them both in Godfather 4.

            • I can definitely see that. JGL as a shy, reluctant guy turned bad-ass Michael Corleone type and Gosling as a womanizing Sonny Corleone type. Who could replace Brando though? Gary Oldman? Unless it’s a continuation and they bring back Pacino.

        • No…Both make excellent films. Neither is perfect in their choices (as with ALL actors).

          • Hrmmm…

            “Neither is perfect in HIS choices.”

        • JGL has been an amazing actor even as far back as 3rd Rock From The Sun! And he was just a kid then…

          He’s great.

  5. It’s official, Joseph Gordon-Levitt will be in every movie for the rest of the year.

  6. I didn’t even know he had read for the role of Star-Lord but am glad he is not going to be playing Quill.

    I have to admit none of the actors who have supposedly read for the role thus far I think fit the character. I can only hope Marvel does choose the right person in the end because that choice will be a crucial factor in whether or not the movie will be successful.

    • where are all these Guardians of the Galaxy fans coming from. I’m not the worlds biggest comic book nerd but i consider myself pretty savvy when it comes to the characters. I’m a regular browsing the wikipedia pages and have seen all the animated 90s cartoon series and movies (theatrical and straight-to-dvd). But before these announcements, i’ve only heard of Guardians in passing. Never more than a quick passing in conversations online. I never hear my friends talk about them and even in idea they sound as obscure as comic book teams can get.

      Now all of a sudden i’m hearing people talking about how excited they are for the movie, how they imagine the characters, and how perfectly it fits in the Marvel Universe. Where are all these fans coming from? From all this internet chatter it would seem as though they are the biggest comic book properties to not have a movie yet. I’d be much more excited for “Luke Cage” or “Doctor Strange” but everyone seems to be ready for a Guardians movie.

      I’m not saying the movie will be bad or anything. I just think this whole thing came out of nowhere and is a huge risk for Marvel to present this to mainstream audiences.

      @Mongoose: i’m not singling you out specifically, just your comment reminded me that i wanted to ask these questions. Im sure you actually do know what your talking about, alot more than me.

      • All the fans are coming from Knowhere.

        • lol nice

          • @darthballs, Haha, he set himself up for that one.

            @nowhereman136, Now add “Knowhere” to your wiki look up list.

      • 100% agreed. Guardians of the galaxy has never been a hit book (except recently with critics) I’ve been going to my local comicbook store every wednesday for 15 years now and can attest that they’re D-list characters. They are relauching the comic soon with top draw creators and making iron man part of the team… maybe this offers mild spoilers for the direction the film may take. This movie is based on abnett and lannings recent version of the team which by most accounts was fantastic so we have reason to be excited.

        This is the first comicbook movie I’ve ever seen where I’m more or less completely in the dark about the source material though. That’s exciting for me and pretty brave of marvel also. My first viewing of TDKR was pretty much spoiled through my own nerdy analysis making comparisons to the dark knight returns, no mans land and knightfall. It’s going to be nice to go in blind for this one

        • @MarkBartlett, IMO that’s why Marvel wants to take that risk. Cuz look, even to the average Marvel fan, this is no man’s land, this is something new to bring to the table and bring the element of surprise to even the average Marvel fan. Look how excited everyone is over the unknown to come.

          I’ve read every issue of Guardians as it ran parallel to Nova and I still don’t know what angle they will take the movie in; in regards to the MCU.

          The Kree Empire and the Phalanx brought the Guardians together, we haven’t seen (and most likely won’t see) none of that in the MCU. Therefore even the readers of Guardians are in the dark. It’s exciting!

      • It was like how everyone somehow knew who Thanos was at the end credits of The Avengers… Yup… ya sure did!

        • The people who stay to see the stinger scenes of a comic book movie are more likely to know who Thanos was than a casual fan. As for all of the excitement for Guardians of the Galaxy, well it’s a testament to using the Internet to generate buzz.

          Back in the 80′s and 90′s this version of the team didn’t exist, so it does not have the same amount of long term fans as other comic books might be able to draw in. I never heard of Star Lord before, Rocket Raccoon had a mini-series in the 80′s or 90′s that I remember, Groot was not around when I was collecting comics and Drax and Gamora were dead from the early 80′s until the Infinity Gauntlet, and they are probably the two most notable characters on this version of the team.

          What I do keep seeing is that people who are familiar with Thanos from the Infinity Gauntlet are asking where Adam Warlock is since he is probably the one hero (aside from Captain Mar-vell) that is most associated with Thanos.

  7. Bummer, I thought he would work for quil ah well I’m sure he’ll be good in the Sin City sequel

  8. There’s still plenty of great actors left for the role! No biggie.

  9. I always feel like a actor in a comic book movie should stick to one brand of comics. With that said I am glad green lanttern flopped and I hope fox finally realizes that the Deadpool movie is a great idea.

    • Phew…good thing you come across as a fair-minded, genre-supporting individual. Oh, wait…

  10. Greatest news to hear Levitt isn’t going to be Peter Quill!! Even better news, he will be in Sin City 2!!! Epic!!!

  11. ohhh hell yeah!! sin city is gonna be sick

  12. I love him & honestly don’t think people give him enough credit or have stopped to actually recall some of the great roles he’s had in recent years. He’s a great example that it is possible to have success after life as a child star & I’m sure he’ll do great in sin city & future endeavours.

  13. I just cant get excited by this guy at all, I dont know what all the fuss is about, hes a decent actor but to say hes one of hollywoods hottest properties is a bit over the top, I dont care what he does I just hope he doesnt go anywhere near Batman, hes not a Bruce Wayne and Batman is not John Blake!

    • But batman was also dick Grayson… AND Damien wayne, Jason Todd, and Tim drake, and terry McGinnis

  14. I still think Zachary Levi should play a major role in a Marvel movie. If they decide to give him the lead role in Guardians they can always remove him from Thor II or limit his appearance.

    Now that John Krasinski is being considered too, it looks like they are looking for an actor with a comic look. Zachary and John already proved that they can be funny, but they could also handle to lead these superheroes.

    Zachary in my eyes fits perfect for the lead role. He did an amazing job with Chuck and the people of Marvel are already impressed with his acting talent that they would consider having him in 2 Marvel movies.

    He’d be a cheap(er) get too. I can’t imagine him being expensive. He’d be loyal to the character too as a huge Marvel fan himself.

  15. So it’s no surprise whenever news pops up that the actor is going to be involved in a high profile project.

  16. So Bruce Willis is after all in the movie, nice

    • Ha!

  17. awesome… not sure why this guy is loved by many.

    • …because he’s an excellent, diverse actor. That’s why.

  18. Clive Owen is not in it. His role has been given to Josh Brolin.