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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Joins Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, Won't Be In Guardians Of The Galaxy

Joseph Gordon-Levitt spent 2012 getting some serious comic book cred. Not only did he have a major role in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises, there have been rumors circulating that he could play Batman in the upcoming Justice League movie and last month we learned that he is one of the big names being considered for the lead role in Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy. Both of those roles, however, have been rumors at best. This one - it seems - is not.

Deadline reports that Gordon-Levitt has signed on for a major role in Robert Rodriguez's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. The actor is now set to play the part of Johnny, the role that was originally offered to Johnny Depp earlier in development. While the report is short on details about how the character will fit into the plot, his part is described as "one of the core characters in overlapping story lines." (UPDATE: a press release has described the role as "a cocky gambler who disguises a darker mission to destroy his most foul enemy at his best game.)

Interestingly, he is also the first actor to sign on to the project in a role that wasn't featured in the first Sin City, the other two new actors, Jamie Chung and Dennis Haysbert, standing in for Devon Aoki and the departed Michael Clarke Duncan. Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, Jessica Alba, Jaime King, Bruce Willis, and Rosario Dawson are reportedly all set to reprise their respective roles and there's also a rumor that Josh Brolin - who worked with Rodriguez on Planet Terror- could sign on as well. Production on the sequel has already begun and is getting set for an October 4th release date.

But that's not the only Gordon-Levitt update that the site has. Not only will the talented young actor not be starring in the upcoming Godzilla reboot (as reported earlier today) he is apparently out of the running for Guardians of the Galaxy as well. While no explanation is given for why he is no longer being considered, the source says that Marvel Studios will continue to look at their other candidates, including Zachary Levi, Jim Sturgess, Michael Rosenbaum, Joel Edgerton, Jack Huston, Lee Pace, Eddie Redmayne, Garrett Hedlund, James Marsden and Sullivan Stapleton.

Eric Eisenberg

NJ native who calls LA home; lives in a Dreamatorium. A decade-plus CinemaBlend veteran; endlessly enthusiastic about the career he’s dreamt of since seventh grade.