Director Quentin Tarantino is hoping to lock down The Dark Knight Rises actor for an unspecified role in his upcoming controversial spaghetti Western revenge tale entitled Django Unchained. The actor is rumored to be circling the as-yet-to-be announced role, which would reunite Joseph Gordon-Levitt with his Inception co-star Leonardo DiCaprio. Although his plans may be hindered by his promotional duties for his upcoming bike messenger movie Premium Rush, but if he can't get them sorted out, he will miss the Django shoot, which begins January 2012 in New Orleans.

Word on the e-streets is that there are a wealth of bad guy bit parts left, as well as the small role of Scotty Harmony, the sweet, shy 24-year-old who falls in love with Django's slave wife. With Django Unchained set with a Christmas 2012 bow, Gordon-Levitt's currently undated Lincoln (directed by Steven Spielberg) is also circling December of that year — leaving him with two very different emancipation pictures to promote next winter.

The movie centers on a slave, played by Jamie Foxx, who teams up with a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) to retrive his wife from a nasty plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio). Samuel L. Jackson, Gerald McRaney, Kurt Russell, and Don Johnson are also set to join in this very, very interesting picture from Quentin Tarantino. We'll continue to keep an eye on this as more develops.

[via HuffPo]