Casting: JGL out of Django Unchained, Ken Jeong in Pain and Gain

Joseph Gordon-LevittTwo bits of casting news for you today.

First up, did you enjoy that pic of Christoph Waltz on the set of Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming, sure-to-be bloody spaghetti Western “Django Unchained”? Well good, but don’t expect to see set pics of Joseph Gordon-Levitt from the movie in the future.

JGL (as he likes me to call him) is officially out of the Tarantino Western due to other commitments, in particular his directorial debut on “Don Jon’s Addiction”, which he co-stars with Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore. Hey, when you can cast yourself opposite Scarlett Johansson, it’s a no-brainer, am I right?

Don’t cry for “Django Unchained”, though, it’s still got Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Sacha Baron Cohen, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson and Kurt Russell in the cast.

Ken Jeong

Meanwhile, Michael Bay’s lo-fi true-life crime film “Pain and Gain” (we are going under the assumption that there won’t be any ridiculous explosions in this one) has added Ken Jeong to its cast. Jeong previously worked with Bay on the last “Transformers” movie, “Dark of the Moon”, as well as starring in the two “Hangover” films and TV show “Community”.

Jeong will play Johnny Wu, who somehow becomes involved with wannabe criminals Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson, playing body builders in Miami Beach who headed a kidnapping and extortion ring that went horribly, horribly awry. Ed Harris, Tony Shaloub, Anthony Mackie and Bar Paly are also in the cast.

Meanwhile, here’s your first look at set images from “Pain and Gain” (via Star Pulse):

Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson on the set of Pain and Gain (2013) Movie ImageMark Wahlberg on the set of Pain and Gain (2013) Movie ImageMark Wahlberg on the set of Pain and Gain (2013) Movie Image