Joseph Gordon-Levitt Leaves Django Unchained

The star of 50/50 and Looper departs Quentin Tarantino's latest to focus on his feature directorial debut.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani


Every Quentin Tarantino movie seems like a cause for celebration, and Django Unchained is no exception. The film stars Jamie Foxx as a former slave who turns bounty hunter to save his his wife from an evil rancher played by Leonardo DiCaprio, who uses his slaves as an amusement park, bordello and gladiator arena. And it's got a great cast, too, featuring appearances by Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz, Kurt Russell, Kerry Washington and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Oh wait, not Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He just quit the production. Crap.

MTV reports that Joseph Gordon-Levitt has departed Django Unchained with Quentin Tarantino's blessing, because the shooting schedule conflicts with his feature directorial debut, Don Jon's Addiction. The comedy stars Gordon-Levitt as a modern day Don Juan, who learns a valuable lesson or two. Don Jon's Addiction will also co-star Scarlett Johansson, making it even easier to understand why the actor would prioritize that production over Tarantino's

"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."

No word yet on who will replace Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Django Unchained, but apparently it's a relatively small part in the film. Of course, in a Quentin Tarantino movie, there are no small parts. Remember Steve Buscemi in Pulp Fiction? (NSFW language.)

CraveOnline will be back with more Django Unchained news after we stop, if we live, shoot!