Joseph Gordon-Levitt is set to appear in Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, the Dimension Films prequel to the stylish noir drama that Rodriguez and Miller are co-directing, that’s based on Miller’s graphic novel. According to Deadline New York, Gordon-Levitt will play the role of Johnny, a role the filmmakers originally offered to Johnny Depp. He’s one of the core characters in overlapping story lines that feature returning players like Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, Bruce Willis and Rosario Dawson, along with newcomers such as Dennis Haysbert. Gangster Squad‘s Josh Brolin is also apparently in talks for a role, according to the report.
However, while Gordon-Levitt is confirmed for Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, apparently the actor and Marvel Studios couldn’t come to an agreement over the lead in Guardians Of The Galaxy. He won’t be starring in that film and Marvel is evaluating other candidates. Sin City 2 is already shooting and Gordon-Levitt will mix in his work as he moves through a busy month. He’ll be at the Sundance Film Festival where his feature directorial debut, Don Jon‘s Addiction, makes its world premiere. Gordon-Levitt wrote ‘Don Jon’s’ script and co-stars with Scarlett Johansson. He’s also hosting the Sundance Awards ceremony that closes the Park City festival.
Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2013)
- Sin City 2
Due to Devon Aoki's pregnancy at the start of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For's production, the character of Miho was recast, with Jamie Chung replacing Aoki in that role. Aoki gave birth to son James Hunter Bailey, Jr. on June 10, 2011. The father is her fiancé, James Bailey. The couple was expecting their second child in January 2013.
During the seven year gap between the release of Sin City and the start of principal photography on Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Brittany Murphy and Michael Clarke Duncan passed away, forcing Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller to recast their respective roles of Shelley and Manute. Manute will now be played by Dennis Haysbert. While hasn't been officially stated, Alexa Vega - who is confirmed to be in Sin City 2 - could be playing Shelly. It's also been speculated that filmmakers may use stock footage to integrate some of Murphy's previous performance into the film as a tribute.
Two of Sin City 2's three segments are based on the Sin City comics A Dame to Kill For, which ran six issues, and Just Another Saturday Night, which ran for one. Both story arc's feature Marv (Mickey Rourke) in a lead role.