Quentin Tarantino has lined up an amazing cast for his Western-style, 1800s Southern-set revenge story Django Unchained, but the movie has now lost one of its best actors. Joseph Gordon-Levitt tells MTV that he was unable to fit the movie into his busy schedule. The story centers on an escaped slave (Jamie Foxx) who becomes a bounty hunter, and goes to rescue his wife (Kerry Washington) from a vicious plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio). Gordon-Levitt would have had a small role in the movie, but the talented actor is currently wrapped up in his untitled directorial debut (although MTV is calling it Don Jon’s Addiction). It looks this year we’ll have to settle for seeing him in only The Dark Knight Rises, Looper, Premium Rush, and Lincoln. There’s no word if Tarantino has scrapped Gordon-Levitt’s role like he did when Michael Kenneth Williams was unable to join the project.
Thankfully, Tarantino’s flick still has plenty of other great actors on the bench. The film also stars Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Garrett Dillahunt, Walton Goggins, RZA, M.C. Gainey, Dennis Christopher, Gerald McRaney, Laura Cayouette, Don Johnson, Tom Savini, and Sacha Baron Cohen. Django Unchained opens December 25th.