It looks like 2012 is going to be (among other things) the year of Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The latest promising impending title which looks to feature the increasingly-popular actor in a supporting role is Quentin Tarantino's new homage to the Spaghetti western, Django Unchained.
Meanwhile, writer/director David Koepp's bicycle thriller (you read that correctly) with Levitt, Premium Rush, is being pushed back from its January 2012 release - and is instead going to try its hand at attracting the interest of moviegoers during the final weeks of the Summer 2012 season.
Variety is reporting that Levitt "intends" to appear in Django Unchained, but he has to sort out some potential scheduling conflicts first. The actor is due to appear in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln biopic - which principal photography has presumably just barely begun on - and that could prove to be an obstacle, seeing how Django is slated to begin production in the next few months.
Levitt is nonetheless poised to join an all-star cast for Django, which would reunite him with his Inception costar Leonardo DiCaprio - as well as Oscar-winners Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz alongside fan-favorites Samuel L. Jackson and Kurt Russell. That's not to mention, the eclectic supporting cast composed of renowned TV veterans like Gerald McRaney and Don Johnson, among others.
What role Levitt would play in Tarantino's Old South revenge tale has yet to be revealed. However, his involvement with any project is rarely a bad thing and should only heighten anticipation for the Pulp Fiction/Kill Bill auteur's latest mix of violence, sharp dialogue, and old-fashioned cinema throwbacks.
David Koepp's cat-and-mouse thriller (with bicycles) Premium Rush was previously slated to hit theaters on January 13th, 2012. Now, Columbia Pictures has pushed the film back to an August 24th date next summer - which the film currently has all to itself.
It's possible that Columbia is hoping to benefit from Levitt appearing in The Dark Knight Rises - which opens about a month before Premium Rush hits the scene - and thus could help increase interest in the latter... seeing how it is banking largely on the popularity of Levitt and his antagonistic costar in the film (Boardwalk Empire's Michael Shannon) as a means of attracting the interest of moviegoers.
This also means that Premium Rush will open about a month before another Levitt-headlined flick: Rian Johnson's sci-fi action movie, Looper. With Lincoln (unofficially) slated to hit theaters no more than a couple months later - and Django Unchained settled on a Christmas Day 2012 release date - it sounds like Levitt could be almost as ubiquitous in theaters next year as Jessica Chastain was in 2011 (see: The Tree of Life, The Help, The Debt, etc...).
Levitt fans certainly won't mind seeing the man appear in a wide range of genre titles - namely, a comic book blockbuster, a high-octane thriller, a cerebral sci-fi action flick, a historical biopic, and (possibly) a classic western pastiche. Still, it might be nice if the films were a little more spread out. Ah, well...
To reiterate: Premium Rush is now set to ride into U.S. theaters on August 24th, 2012.
Django Unchained (possibly, with Levitt co-starring) will be set loose in U.S. theaters on December 25th, 2012.
Source: Variety, Columbia Pictures