Joseph Gordon-Levitt Drops Out of Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained
04.06.12 by BJSprecher
Yet another actor has become "unchained" from writer-director Quentin Tarantino's latest movie, Django Unchained. First, Kevin Costner dropped out of the revenge-driven "Southern" (a "Spaghetti Western" set in the Deep South) as brutal slave trainer Ace Woody (Kurt Russell will take his place). Now, Joseph Gordon-Levitt has also had to take a pass due to scheduling conflicts with the filming of his directorial debut, Don Jon's Addiction, in which he will also co-star alongside Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore.
I've been in touch with Quentin about it, and it was so cool to trust me to do this little part in his movie. I would have loved, loved to have done it. He's one of my very favorite filmmakers, and he was really supportive of me directing and that meant the world to me.
Even without a Tarantino movie to add to his resume, Gordon-Levitt's career couldn't be any hotter right now, with four movies debuting in 2012 — Christopher Nolan's third and final Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises; a reunion with Brick director Rian Johnson in the time-travel crime thriller Looper as a young Bruce Willis; Steven Spielberg's biopic Lincoln; and the bike messenger thriller Premium Rush. Gordon-Levitt is also continuously at the top of most directors' "want" lists, affording him the opportunity to pick and choose the roles he wants.
Though the loss of Gordon-Levitt is unfortunate, Django Unchained's ensemble cast is so star-studded the young actor will hardly be missed. Jamie Foxx leads the cast as Django, a freed slave who enlists a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) to help him track down and rescue his wife (Kerry Washington) from sadistic slave owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). If those names alone are not enough to impress you, Tarantino alums Samuel L. Jackson and Laura Cayouette will also star, along with several veteran actors primed for a John Travolta-style comeback like Don Johnson, Tom Wopat and James Remar. Additional cast members include James Russo, Todd Allen, Misty Upham and rapper-turned-actor RZA.