Joseph Gordon-Levitt Breaks Away From <i>Django Unchained</i>

Last fall, reports were flowing in about who would be starring in Quentin Tarantino's next film Django Unchained. One of them happened to be about Joseph Gordon-Levitt possibly taking a role in the film. Even then, though, his involvement was questionable because Unchained's filming might conflict with his promotional rounds for the bike messenger thriller Premium Rush. Now the actor has confirmed to MTV that he's decided to step away from the Western.

"No, I'm not going to get to do that," Gordon-Levitt said. "I'd love to, but it just doesn't work. 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. 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."

It's unclear exactly which project wound up getting in the way. Gordon-Levitt has The Dark Knight Rises hitting in July, Premium Rush in August, sci-fi actioner Looper in September, the Steven Spielberg-directed Lincoln in December, and his directorial debut with 2013's Don Jon's Addiction.

Django Unchained, which opens Dec. 25, stars Jamie Foxx as a former slave who's been separated from his wife (Kerry Washington). Now a bounty hunter, Django has made it his mission to find his wife and get revenge against his former master as well as the sadistic people who work for him. The movie also stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, Sacha Baron Cohen and a host of other familiar names.

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