Variety is reporting that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is “in talks” for Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained. Though casting can go into a film’s shooting schedule, the film is set for a January start date, and “in talks” usually means that it’s going to happen. There may be some nasty scheduling conflicts, but those can often be worked out.

Gordon-Levitt’s career is stunning at this point. The one time sitcom actor reinvented himself as an indie darling, and with a number of smaller films has turned himself into a minor star (he’s the lead in next year’s Premium Rush), and someone who’s worked repeatedly with Christopher Nolan. Working with Tarantino – who hasn’t used a lot of well known young actors – is a real coup for the actor, and suggests that he will be working for a long time.

And with Don Johnson, Kurt Russell, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, and many more, it’s a good cast as well. Django Unchained is re in pre-production right now, we know that because Samuel L. Jackson tweeted this picture from his wig fitting:

The film is scheduled for a Christmas 2012 launch. There’s been some rumblings that it may conflict with the release of Baz Lurhman’s The Great Gatsby 0 which also stars Leo – but no one’s blinked just yet.

So far, what’s your favorite Joseph Gordon-Levitt role? (I’m going Brick)