After Dark Knight Rises: Joseph Gordon-Levitt To Make Feature Directorial Debut
It’s always interesting to see what actors do after starring in a record-breaking blockbuster. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is no stranger to the experience, after his role in director Christopher Nolan’s last tour de force Inception. So what’s he planning after The Dark Knight Rises? According to Deadline, he’ll be taking a turn at directing himself, and has already cast Scarlett Johansson as his costar.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt will make his feature directing debut on an untitled comedy he’ll star in with Scarlett Johansson. Gordon-Levitt wrote the script, and Nicolas Chartier’s Voltage Pictures will finance the film and sell international rights in Berlin. Ram Bergman is producing for Ram Bergman Productions in association with Gordon-Levitt’s hit Record Films. Shooting will start April 16.
While Gordon-Levitt would not give up too many details, I got this much: the film is a sexy comedy about about a modern-day Don Juan, and his quest to become less of a “selfish dick.” He plays that character, and there is another female lead role that will be filled shortly.
The move into the directing chair comes at a time when Gordon-Levitt is coming off the lead role as a cancer-stricken man in 50/50, and when he has a killer dance card for 2012. He stars in The Dark Knight Rises, Premium Rush, Looper and Lincoln, all opening this year.
Getting behind the camera on a feature is hardly a lark. Gordon-Levitt, a child actor whose credits included 3rd Rock From The Sun, became burnt out in his teens and left the business to attend Columbia University and experience life. Lucky for him, when he came back he’d grown into a cross between Heath Ledger and Keanu Reeves, and has turned in strong adult performances in films including The Lookout, (500) Days Of Summer, and Inception. Despite his success, Gordon-Levitt tells me that all along, his major motive for returning was a burning desire to direct.