Joseph-Gordon-LevittIf Ryan Gosling was the man of 2011, Joseph Gordon-Levitt was the man of 2012. He was beyond awesome in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, and phenomenal taking the lead opposite Bruce Willis in Rian Johnson’s Looper, and now he’s set to lead another brilliant project in the form of Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.

Deadline report that Gordon-Levitt will be taking the role of Johnny, originally offered to Johnny Depp earlier in the project’s development.

Starring alongside him will be Jessica Alba, Jamie Chung, Mickey Rourke, Jaime King, Michael Madsen, Rosario Dawson, and Dennis Haysbert, with Bruce Willis and Clive Owen expected to reprise their original roles as well.

We had heard last week that Gordon-Levitt was in talks with Marvel over Guardians of the Galaxy, and had been added to the short list for the leading human role of Peter Quill. But unfortunately it looks like that he’s taken himself out of the running for the role, with the studio and director James Gunn continuing to look at their options, which are thought to include the brilliant Jim Sturgess and Eddie Redmayne.

I would have loved to have seen Gordon-Levitt taking on a new franchise like Guardians of the Galaxy, but now I can’t wait to see him take one of the leads here for A Dame to Kill For.

Rodriguez is one of those rare directors whose work you can’t imagine anyone else doing, and we can’t wait to see his return. He’ll be directing alongside Frank Miller, with the pair penning the script alongside William Monahan (The Departed).

Filming began back in October last year, and though Gordon-Levitt has come on board some time later, since the film is shooting predominantly on green screen, like the original, it shouldn’t cause too many problems, if any at all.

Gordon-Levitt will next be seen in his own feature directorial debut, Don Jon’s Addiction, which will be debuting at Sundance this month. Odds are pretty good that he’s going to have another brilliant year on his hands.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is expected to hit theatres on 4th October this year. That should make for a very busy schedule in the months to come, but we know that Rodriguez is the man to make something like that happen.