Though many of the biggest films of 2015 have chosen their potential release dates, few have filled up their casts, with many just offering casting rumors. The latest to tease its lead is Edgar Wright's 'Ant-Man,' with the rumor being that Marvel is high on both Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Paul Rudd.
It's easy to be jealous of Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He's an incredibly talented (and good-looking) guy. He can act, sing, dance and with his latest movie, 'Don Jon,' he proves he can write and direct too. It's almost not fair. But, it's hard to hate a guy who is so damned nice. (Oh, did we mention he's also just about the nicest guy you could meet? Yeah, that too.)
We caught up with Gordon-Levitt to talk about the challenges of making his first movie, whether people take actors seriously as directors and, as a native New Jerseyan, how he and co-star Scarlett Johansson managed to so perfectly embody that Jersey style.
Before I write anything else about 'Don Jon': yes, there are some guys in Northern New Jersey who really do act this way. Some of the particulars are exaggerated, but not really. Whether the interior life of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's protagonist gym rat, club denizen, muscle car driver is accurate is something I'll never know, and considering the emotional dysfunction on display, I think I'm okay with it.
With the announcement that Ben Affleck will play the Dark Knight in the Batman and Superman-centric 'Man of Steel 2,' it reminds us how many actors were rumored or have played the part. Disregarding Batmans past, like Michael Keaton and George Clooney, there were a number of actors in contention. But who would you like to see play Batman in the movie?
'Don Jon' - Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut - has been surprising audiences all year at film festivals. We caught it at the SXSW earlier this year and, like the entire crowd, fell in love with it. 'Don Jon' is a smart, funny, charming and self-assured movie. This isn't just an actor writing and directing a movie because he's bored - this is the start of a whole new career for Gordon-Levitt, and one we couldn't look forward to more.
And, now is your chance. 'Don Jon' is opening in theaters this September, but why wait until then? We're holding an exclusive screening in New York City just for ScreenCrush.com readers and we've got your free tickets.
It seems Marvel is not giving up on Joseph Gordon-Levitt. After considering him for the role of Peter Quill/Star-Lord for their upcoming 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' a role which ultimately went to the now-chiseled Chris Pratt, rumor has it that the thriving studio behind 'The Avengers' wants the 'Dark Knight Rises' star to become their 'Doctor Strange.'
A few months ago we heard the exciting news that Joseph Gordon-Levitt's artistic spotlight web project HitRECord would debut its own TV series on new millennial network Pivot, and now the aptly-titled 'HitRECord on TV' has been given an official January 2014 premiere date, behind Pivot's other original programs.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is Jon Martello, a beef head addicted to online porn until his new girlfriend challenges him to change his ways.