The cast of Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" continues to grow as The Hollywood Reporter reports "Men in Black 3" and "Gangster Squad" actor Josh Brolin has joined the cast of the sequel as Dwight, the role previously played by Clive Owen in 2005's "Sin City." Brolin's casting follows the news of Joseph Gordon-Levitt joining the film as Johnny and "Law and Order: SVU" alum Christopher Meloni as a cop.
"Dwight is a constant character throughout the Sin City world and A Dame To Kill For is a defining episode in his life. We're looking forward to Josh's take on Dwight," said Rodriguez and Miller in a statement.
Although Dwight isn't the only "Sin City" character to get a new actor (Dennis Haysbert was recently cast as Manute, replacing the late Michael Clarke Duncan), it does make the most sense given the character's background. In Miller's original comic book series, Dwight received surgical reconstruction on his face following the events of "A Dame to Kill For," which takes place before "The Big Fat Kill" story featured in "Sin City." "A Dame to Kill For" was one of Dwight's major storyline in the source material that delved into his relationship with Ava Lord, an old love.
Brolin joins newcomers Gordon-Levitt, Meloni, Haysbert, Jamie Chung and returning actors Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Jaime King and Rosario Dawson for the film. The role of Ava Lord has yet to be cast.
"Sin City: A Dame To Kill For" opens October 4
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Today Dimension Films announced another big name that has been added to the SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR cast roster, further ramping up the ensemble – Academy Award® nominee Josh Brolin (GANGSTER SQUAD, MILK). Brolin will star as “Dwight” in the follow up to FRANK MlLLER’S SIN CITY for co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller. The part of the “Dame” has yet to be cast.
Dwight is one of the favorite characters from Miller’s books and the 2005 film. In SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR, Dwight is hunted down by the only woman he ever loved, Ava Lord, and then watches his life go straight to hell. Chronologically, this story takes place prior to “The Big Fat Kill” (featured in the film FRANK MILLER’S SIN CITY) and explains how Dwight came to have a dramatically different face.
"Dwight is a constant character throughout the Sin City world and “A Dame To Kill For” is a defining episode in his life. We’re looking forward to Josh’s take on Dwight," said Rodriguez and Miller.
Brolin will next be seen alongside Sean Penn in the Warner Bros. 1940’s police drama Gangster Squad set for release January 11, 2013. Brolin recently completed production on the Jason Reitman-directed film Labor Day opposite Kate Winslet, in addition to Spike Lee’s Oldboy, a remake of the popular Korean film. Brolin last appeared as young “Agent K” in Men in Black 3, directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and co-starring Will Smith and Emma Thompson. In 2008, Brolin was nominated for an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and received awards from the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Board of Review for his portrayal of ‘Dan White’ in Gus Van Sant’s acclaimed film Milk. Prior to that, Brolin earned a Screen Actors Guild Award as part of an ensemble for his work in Joel and Ethan Coen’s No Country for Old Men, which also won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.
SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR weaves together two of Miller’s classic stories with new tales in which the town’s most hard boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more repulsive inhabitants.
The star studded ensemble includes already announced original cast members Academy Award® nominee Mickey Rourke as “Marv,” Jessica Alba as “Nancy,” Rosario Dawson as “Gail” and Jaime King as “Goldie/Wendy” with new cast members Joseph Gordon-Levitt as “Johnny,” Dennis Haysbert as “Manute” and Jamie Chung as “Miho.” Production is underway at Rodriguez’s Troublemaker Studios in Austin, Texas.