Joseph Gordon-Levitt, soon to be seen in Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ and the sci-fi thriller ‘Looper,’ will NOT be seen in Quentin Tarantino’s latest. MTV reports that JGL had to exit ‘Django Unchained’ because his schedule is just too busy.

Primarily, it’s Gordon-Levitt’s decision to make his directorial debut with a picture titled ‘Don Jon’s Addiction’ that will prevent him from filming scenes for Tarantino’s epic slave-drive thriller.

"I've been in touch with Quentin about it, and it was so cool to trust me to do this little part in his movie," Gordon-Levitt told MTV. "I would have loved, loved to have done it. He's one of my very favorite filmmakers, and he was really supportive of me directing and that meant the world to me."

Gordon-Levitt’s departure sucks. He has a tendency to make virtually every project better. But Tarantino’s ‘Unchained’ isn’t short on star power. His phenomenal ensemble still includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington and Kurt Russell.

As for Gordon-Levitt, he also has roles in Steven Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ and the bike-messenger drama ‘Premium Rush,’ giving him four movies due in theaters between now and the end of the year. So fans will get their JGL fix … just not in Tarantino’s period drama.