Joseph Gordon-Levitt is having an extremely busy year. Not only is he set to appear later this summer in the much anticipated The Dark Knight Rises, but he will also headline the action-thriller Premium Rush. He also just wrapped up Rian Looper’s time travel movie Looper and will show up in Steven Spielberg’s Abraham Lincoln biopic Lincoln. And for good measure, Gordon-Levitt is currently gearing up to make his directorial debut, Don Jon’s Addiction, with Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore.
So sadly, it looks like the actor had to drop out of his commitment to appear in Quentin Tarantino’s spaghetti western Django Unchained. Gordon-Levitt told MTV about his scheduling conflict: “No, I’m not going to get to do that. I’d love to, but it just doesn’t work. 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.”
Let’s face it: With a star-studded cast that includes Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington, Kurt Russell, and Sacha Baron Cohen among others, the presence of Gordon-Levitt in Django Unchained would have been icing on the cake but not really all that required for a minor role. It will be interesting to see who QT brings in for the role but we would venture he will have no trouble finding a replacement.
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