A few weeks back we heard about Joseph Gordon Levitt’s plans for directing his own movie. He wrote the yet to be named screenplay, will star in it (opposite Scarlett Johansson) and make his directorial debut as well. He was also planning to do all of this while starring in Quentin Tarantino’s new movie, but today we have learned that he has pulled out of the Tarantino film, Django Unchained, to focus on his own movie.
Back in February when we heard about Joseph’s own film, we knew there was a risk that he would have to pull out of the Tarantino movie because of taking on too much. He really has become one of the hottest stars of 2012. This summer alone, Joseph will appear in his second film for director Christopher Nolan, the finale of the Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, and the upcoming thriller, Premium Rush. Later in the year he will appear in the sci-fi film Looper and he’ll end his year in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. No wonder he needed to cut back on some of his work, he would burnout!
The Tarantino Django cast is pretty incredible… Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Chistoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington. It is the ideal “hodge podge” of actors, the exact kind of mix that Tarantino is known for working with. It is unfortunate that JGL had to pull out of the movie because it certainly looks like a stellar cast and Tarantino is an epic, iconic filmmaker, however it is good to see that he is going to focus on his own movie instead. I’m sure it will be great.
Gordon-Levitt said that he had spoken with Tarantino, and the director gave his support. “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,” Gordon-Levitt said. “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.”