Joseph Gordon Levitt Drops Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” For a Project of His Own

It appears that Joseph Gordon Levitt’s creative juices are not being fully squeezed over at and the newest star in Hollywood wants to do more than appear in front of the camera. According to Deadline Levitt says he is set to Direct a “sexy comedy… about a modern-day Don Juan, and his quest to become less of a selfish dick.”

The film will star Levitt and the steamy Scarlett Johansson, but it wasn’t the memory of Johansson lying in bed at the beginning of Lost in Translation that could tear the actor away of Tarantino’s Django Unchained. According to Deadline Levitt said “I was a child actor for years and quit at 19, went to school awhile, and a big part of why I came back was that I ultimately wanted to make movies,” So, you can’t hate the guy for going after his dreams.

Levitt has been in some good directing company of late and apparently he’s been taking notes. In another part of his brief talk with deadline he said: “I spent a year working with Chris Nolan, Rian Johnson, Steven Spielberg, and I did my best to pay attention. I’ve also been making short films for a long time now, I’ve directed a ton of them, and that is a huge part of why I feel comfortable and confident in this.”

I for one am excited at this news, Levitt has never been one to make bad career choices and as evidenced by his work over at hitRECord the guy has more talent than he knows what to do with. The “sexy comedy” will start filming on April 16th and there are already rumors of another female co-star yet to be announced. With as much time as Levitt has been spending with his (500) Days of Summer co-star Zooey Deschanel I wouldn’t be surprised if we hear her name attached next. For now though we can start getting ready for more of Joseph Gordon Levitt’s acting skills in The Dark Knight RisesPremium RushLooper, and Lincoln later this year.

By Ryan Davis

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