Looks like the already impressive Joseph Gordon-Levitt is looking to become even more so by adding a new line to his resume: Director.
Gordon-Levitt announced today on his blog (well, Deadline helped) that the financing had come through for his directorial debut, a modern-day Don Juan comedy which he also wrote. JGL will star along with Scarlett Johannson and another lead female who hasn’t yet been cast. Ram Bergman Productions is teaming with Gordon-Levitt’s hitRecord Films to produce, and shooting will begin this April.
Moving behind the camera is becoming de rigeur for actors these days (from Mel Gibson and Robert Redford to Kevin Spacey, Julie Delpy and Jodie Foster). Most notably, George Clooney has proven adept with “Good Night and Good Luck” and “The Ides of March”; Kevin Costner won a Best Director Oscar (as well as a Best Picture statuette) for his directorial debut “Dances with Wolves,” and Warren Beatty also took home an Academy Award for his direction on “Reds.” Clint Eastwood has 35 directing credits to his name, as well as two Oscars, one for “Unforgiven” and another for “Million Dollar Baby.”
What is remarkable about Gordon-Levitt’s debut, though, is his age: Gordon-Levitt is just shy of his 31st birthday. Intriguingly, Clooney, Beatty and Eastwood were all 41 when their directional debuts came out. Only Costner was younger, age 35.
Like prolific actor-writer-director James Franco, 33, Gordon-Levitt is a master of social media. His production company, hitRecord, bills itself as an “open-collaborative” of artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians, editors and animators working together under Gordon-Levitt’s lead, and he credits his work editing and assembling these projects — most recently displayed at Sundance — with helping to prepare him for this new role. His announcement on the company’s blog today about his new direction is just one example of the actor’s prowess at connecting with fans online. Gordon-Levitt bounces back and forth between two Twitter and two Tumblr accounts, even sharing a little GarageBand song he created with his mom.
Check out TOH’s interview with Gordon-Levitt on “50/50” here.