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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Lining Up Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist October 21, 2011 at 5:29AM

Well, here's a pretty easy case of connect-the-dots. We just finished reporting that Joseph Gordon-Levitt's "Premium Rush" had been moved from January 13, 2012 to August 24, 2012 and we figured maybe it was a tactic by Sony to get the film some additional heat after the actor's turn next summer in "The Dark Knight Rises." However, with Variety reporting that JGL is now in talks for a role in Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" they add, "he'll have to sort out several scheduling issues that could prevent him from participating." You see where we're going with this?
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Well, here's a pretty easy case of connect-the-dots. We just finished reporting that Joseph Gordon-Levitt's "Premium Rush" had been moved from January 13, 2012 to August 24, 2012 and we figured maybe it was a tactic by Sony to get the film some additional heat after the actor's turn next summer in "The Dark Knight Rises." However, with Variety reporting that JGL is now in talks for a role in Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" they add, "he'll have to sort out several scheduling issues that could prevent him from participating." You see where we're going with this?

With "Django Unchained" scheduled to be shooting right when "Premium Rush" was going to be hitting theaters, there is no way Gordon-Levitt would be able to star in Tarantino's film, while doing press for David Koepp's movie. However, with Sony politely bumping back the film, the scheduling conflict is resolved and everything is in place for the actor to join the movie. But the question now is: what role could it possibly be? Based on the script we read, we're not really sure where he would fit in with the parts that are left, except perhaps as one of the redneck Brittle brothers, but even then, those parts are fairly small. There is a possibility he could play Scott Harmony, the 24 year-old kid whose father buys the slave Broomhilda for him to boost his confidence. Though in the script he's described as being overweight, Tarantino could easily have changed that up. And remember, Michael K. Williams recently said Tarantino had been rewriting a script -- including creating a possible new role for him after he lost out on the lead. Either way, it's another solid addition to the film's eclectic cast.

Just to recap: Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz, Dennis Christopher, Kurt Russell, Laura Cayouette, Don Johnson, M.C. Gainey and Tom Savini are already set for the movie. "Django Unchained" comes out Christmas Day next year, and believe it or not, with all those names, there is still more casting to come.

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