Yesterday, it was confirmed that the beloved young actor, Joseph Gordon-Levitt will play a lead role in ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” and today, January 8, 2013, another addition to the cast has been confirmed. Deadline has learned that Christopher Meloni of “Law & Order: SVU” fame will be joining the cast as a cop.
Like “Sin City,” the upcoming prequel, “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” will be based on the dark, noir graphic novels of Frank Miller, who is once again attached as a co-writer and co-director alongside Robert Rodriguez.
The majority of the film’s original cast will be returning, including: Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, and Jaime King. However, Jamie Chung (“The Man with the Iron Fists,” “Sucker Punch”) will be replacing Devon Aoki as “deadly little Miho,” and unfortunately Dennis Haysbert (the Allstate guy) will take over the role of Manute, the part originally played by the spectacular Michael Clarke Duncan, who tragically died last year.
Personally I think that the decision to replace Aoki with Chung is a good move – Chung is on the rise while Aoki seems to be disappearing, so her presence should help the film out a good bit. I’m a bit uneasy about the decision to replace Duncan with Haysbert – Duncan was a massive, hulking figure and an unbelievable actor, while Haysbert is a fit actor who hasn’t done anything but the Allstate commercial in nearly five years.
Although all that is known so far about Meloni’s addition is that he will play a cop, it seems like it will work out quite well – he is best known for playing the noble police detective Elliot Stabler on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” and “Sin City” isn’t really known for having “good” cops. This means that the role will probably mean that Meloni will take on a completely different character than he portrays on “Law & Order,” which will make for a refreshing and dark twist.
“Sin City” was mainly based on of three of the graphic novels, “The Hard Goodbye,” “The Big Fat Kill,” “That Yellow Bastard,” and borrowed a little bit from the short story, “Booze, Broads & Bullets.” This means that the upcoming film will have at its disposal: “A Dame to Kill For,” “Family Values,” “Hell and Back” and the remainder of “Booze, Broads & Bullets.” As would be expected, there are tons of dark and shady characters in the works to influence Meloni’s character, so it shouldn’t be hard for him to get into the dark and gritty character.