Joseph Gordon-Levitt is set to make his directorial début with a comedy film, for which the actor has also the screenplay.
Gordon-Levitt began his acting career aged just 7-years-old, and has starred in everything from A River Runs Through It to (500) Days of Summer and Inception. Back in 2004, he also launched his own online collaborative production company, hitRECord.org. Proving that he is, indeed, a man of many talents, it seems that Gordon-Levitt’s next project will be to direct his first feature film.
Next new project, that is. Gordon-Levitt already has a number of films in the pipeline – and we hope he’s been taking notes from the range of first-class directors who he’s been working with. First up he’ll be appearing as a Gotham City cop in Christopher Nolan‘s third Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, before reuniting with Brick director, Rian Johnson, to play the lead in sci-fi flick, Looper. He’s also been working with legendary director Steven Spielberg on the Abraham Lincoln biographical drama, Lincoln. However, it seems that his own directorial plans could mean that Gordon-Levitt is forced to drop out of Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming spaghetti western, Django Unchained, due to potential scheduling conflicts.
That said, the actor’s not without his own directorial credentials – he’s helmed a 24 minute-long adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s short story, Sparks, back in 2009, and directed another short film, Morgan and Destiny’s Eleventeenth Date: The Zeppelin Zoo, a year later.
His first feature film, however, is reported to be a comedy, in which Gordon-Levitt will also star. He’ll play a modern-day Don Juan character who is looking to reform himself from being, as Gordon-Levitt put it, a bit of a “selfish dick”. hitRECord.org will co-produce the film, along with The Hurt Locker producer Nicolas Chartier’s production company, Voltage Pictures, who are also funding the venture.
As any young chap who’s writing, directing, producing and starring in their own movie might well be inclined to do, Gordon-Levitt’s decided to cast the stunning Scarlett Johansson as his leading lady. A second principle actress is also expected to be announced soon – and with his pick of the hottest stars in Hollywood, who knows who he might choose.
Shooting for the as-yet untitled film will begin on 16th April this year. Meanwhile, you can check out Gordon-Levitt’s short film, Morgan and Destiny’s Eleventeenth Date: The Zeppelin Zoo, below: