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Joseph Gordon-Levitt turned down the lead role in Legendary's Godzilla reboot

Jan. 7, 2013by: Alex Maidy
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It must be pretty awesome being Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The talented actor (who has yet to carry a big studio picture by himself) is being pursued for pretty much every big role out there from JUSTICE LEAGUE to GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. Now word has come down that he has passed on the role.

Gordon-Levitt would certainly have been interesting in the lead for GODZILLA. The role does not require any particular body type as a superhero movie would. I mean Matthew Broderick played the lead in the 1998 version, how hard could it be? Variety is reporting that while Gordon-Levitt may have passed, there are offers out there to Henry Cavill, Caleb Landry-Jones, and Scott McNairy.

With Frank Darabont rewriting the screenplay, GODZILLA is beginning to bear signs of a troubled production, which never bodes well. Could Gordon-Levitt's pass on the project be because of these issues? Or possibly due to a commitment to another potential franchise? Or both?

GODZILLA is still slated to open on May 16, 2014.

Source: Variety

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10:56PM on 01/07/2013
Pic is making me envision him in a Pee-Wee Herman reboot . . .
Pic is making me envision him in a Pee-Wee Herman reboot . . .
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10:40PM on 01/07/2013
He missed out on a lot of fish!
He missed out on a lot of fish!
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9:41PM on 01/07/2013
So if he turned down Star Lord then can Michael Rosenbaum or John Krasinski get it please?
So if he turned down Star Lord then can Michael Rosenbaum or John Krasinski get it please?
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8:30PM on 01/07/2013

Turns down Godzilla...

... and signs onto Sin City 2, as per Deadline.

Sweet.
... and signs onto Sin City 2, as per Deadline.

Sweet.
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6:57PM on 01/07/2013

Good.

I'm getting pretty burnt out on him.
I'm getting pretty burnt out on him.
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5:22PM on 01/07/2013
I agree with studboi69. I'm sure actors passed on roles in Pacific Rim for the same reason.
I agree with studboi69. I'm sure actors passed on roles in Pacific Rim for the same reason.
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4:16PM on 01/07/2013

ScOOt McNairy ;)

not Scott McNairy ;) ...and I'm pretty sure JGL or his camp has already rejected the offer, just a heads up edit: whoops when I read it the first time I thought it said he was up for and not the 'turned down' part, my bad!
not Scott McNairy ;) ...and I'm pretty sure JGL or his camp has already rejected the offer, just a heads up edit: whoops when I read it the first time I thought it said he was up for and not the 'turned down' part, my bad!
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4:12PM on 01/07/2013
Can't blame him. These kind of movies are all about the monster himself, not the throwaway human padding. He'd be too good for the role.
Can't blame him. These kind of movies are all about the monster himself, not the throwaway human padding. He'd be too good for the role.
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