Is there anything Joseph Gordon-Levitt can’t do? He’s starred a variety of films tackling multiple genres—from the noir drama Brick, to the big-budget Inception, to the indie dramedy (500) Days of Summer—started his own open-collaborative production company hitRECord, and now he’s set to make his feature directorial debut with a comedy co-starring Scarlett Johansson. Gordon-Levitt wrote, will direct and star in the untitled film, which is set to begin production in mid April. Plot details are under wraps, but the actor describes the story as “a sexy comedy about about a modern day Don Juan, and his quest to become less of a ‘selfish dick.’ “ Hit the jump for more on the project and what urged Gordon-Levitt to try his hand at directing a feature film.
Deadline reports that Johansson will co-star in the pic, with another female role to be filled shortly. Gordon-Levitt has had a pretty fantastic career thus far, and has a slew of high-profile roles coming up. This year he stars in The Dark Knight Rises, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, and Rian Johnson’s first foray into sci-fi, Looper. Speaking about his decision to get behind the camera, Gordon-Levitt had this to say:
“I spent a year working with Chris Nolan, Rian Johnson, Steven Spielberg and I did my best to pay attention. I’ve also been making short films for a long time now, I’ve directed a ton of them, and that is a huge part of why I feel comfortable and confident in this.”
I’d say that’s a pretty fair resume. Gordon-Levitt is supremely talented in front of the camera, and I felt his work in 50/50 was some of the best of 2011. It’s exciting to see him using this surge of popularity to further his passion for filmmaking instead of lingering in dumbed down, big-budget action fare based on board games. Johansson’s not a bad actress to cast as your co-star either. Gordon-Levitt has helmed a number of shorts, so he’s not exactly green to the profession. However, the production schedule of this untitled comedy may ultimately keep him from starring in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. He’s trying to find a way to do both films, but shared this nice anecdote from speaking with Tarantino about his directing plans:
“It will be tricky schedule-wise, but I was honest with Quentin upfront. He was so cool and encouraging. He said, ‘You strike me as the kind of guy who would want to direct,’ and I took that as high praise.”
Fingers crossed he’ll be able to do both projects, but either way I’m pretty excited to see what Gordon-Levitt has in store for his directorial debut.