Joseph Gordon-Levitt Gets Lead Role in 'Sin City: A Dame To Kill For'
by Ethan Anderton
January 7, 2013
Though Johnny Depp had once been rumored for a part in the long-gestating sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, his role has been taken by another big name instead. Deadline has word that The Dark Knight Rises and Looper star Joseph Gordon-Levitt is taking the role of Johnny, one of the core characters in the ensemble graphic novel adaptation. The sequel is already in production and Gordon-Levitt will shoot his role sometime this month. This means Gordon-Levitt will reunite with Bruce Willis, who Deadline says is returning for the comic book sequel along with Mickey Rourke, Rosario Dawson and Jessica Alba.
In addition, we already know Jaime King is reprising her role as Wendy, twin-sister of the blonde bombshell of a prostitute Goldie from the first film while Jamie Chung is playing the roller-skating assassin Miho, originally played by Devon Aoki. Plus, it sounds like Clive Owen is confirmed to return as Dwight (though it was thought another actor might replace him) and Dennis Haysbert is taking over for the late Michael Clarke Duncan. That's quite a cast already, but Deadline is hearing that some other tough guy actors like Josh Brolin (the only specific name mentioned) are being lined up as well.
This should be a cool role for Gordon-Levitt who has been super busy over the past few years. This month alone he'll be running around quite a lot. In addition to shooting Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, the actor will be heading to the 2013 Sundance Film Festival where his directorial debut Don Jon's Addiction will premiere, and he's also hosting the awards ceremony that closes the festival in Park City, Utah. However, one thing he will not be doing is Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, despite being on the shortlist recently. All this after a year where he had a lead role in Looper, one of the best sci-fi films of the year, and vital supporting roles in The Dark Knight Rises and Lincoln. The guy is unstoppable right now. Sound good?
Update: Dimension Films has confirmed the casting news with a press release. Here's the information they include: Gordon-Levitt will play "Johnny," a cocky gambler who disguises a darker mission to destroy his most foul enemy at his best game. "Johnny is a new character in the Sin City world and we are excited for what Joseph will bring to the role," said Rodriguez and Miller. Production is underway, so stay tuned.