'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' Adds Josh Brolin and Christopher Meloni

Tuesday, 08 January 2013 15:30 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' Adds Josh Brolin and Christopher Meloni

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For continues adding outstanding actors to its appropriately crowded cast.  Josh Brolin is officially joining up as familiar Basin City badass Dwight, and Christopher Meloni will play what Frank Miller would describe as a tough-as-nails cop in a city where the nails are always crooked.

News of these two hard cases heading to the black and white world of Miller's hyper-noir fever dream sequel to 2005's Sin City comes within 24 hours of the announcement that Joseph Gordon-Levitt will play Johnny, a character invented for the film.

Robert Rodriguez and his co-director Miller, working from a screenplay by themselves and William Monahan, are already in production on the long-awaited sequel at Troublemaker Studios in Austin, Texas.  So far, they've recruited original castmembers Mickey Rourke, Rosario Dawson, Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, and Jaime King, as well as newcomers Jamie Chung and Dennis Haysbert, who will replace Devon Aoki and the late Michael Clarke Duncan as Miho and Manute.

Meloni is probably best known for playing Detective Elliott Stabler in hundreds of episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, but he's a versatile character actor who has also done stupendous work on HBO's Oz and True Blood.  Meloni, who will soon be seen in the Superman reboot Man of Steel, is also genuinely funny, as evidenced by his turn as Gene in Wet Hot American Summer, an excerpt from which is included at the bottom of this page.  Deadline has word on his casting, but beyond the fact that he's a cop, we don't know much about the character.

We know exactly who Josh Brolin is playing, though.  It's Dwight, the protagonist in the eponymous story.  Yeah, the same Dwight played by Clive Owen in "The Big Fat Kill" segment of Sin City.  This story takes place before that one, though, and Dwight's relationship with the titular dame drives him to not only team up with Rourke's Marv, but also (spoiler alert) ends up getting extensive plastic surgery in the course of the story.

Brolin most recently appeared Men in Black III, and he recently finished up work on the Spike Lee-directed Oldboy remake.

We'll see his Dwight in action when Sin City: A Dame to Kill For arrives in theaters on October 4th.  Read the official announcement from Dimension Films below this image of Dwight and Marv, then check out Meloni being crazy-funny below that.

New York, NY January 8, 2013 – 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.

SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR was developed by Frank Miller based upon his graphic novel, with a screenplay by Miller.

The film will be released by Dimension Films in the US and Canada on October 4, 2013 and produced by Robert Rodriguez’s Quick Draw Productions, Aldamisa, AR Films, Miramax and Solipsist.  International sales are through Aldamisa International.

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