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Manute

When "Sin City" returns for its second film, it will come without a few of the original cast members in place. The late Michael Clarke Duncan is one such actor, but his hulking brute of a character, Manute, is an integral part of the "Dame to Kill For" story — which is why Robert Rodriguez needed to recast the role, rather than cut it from the film.

Filling in Duncan's shoes is Dennis Haysbert, who is perhaps best known for playing the calm and calculated President David Palmer for five seasons of Fox's "24." Manute presents the actor with a considerably different character, and Rodriguez says he's already doing a hell of a job.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt

"Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" won't be entirely recognizable to "Sin City" readers. Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's sequel to their 2005 hit comes packed with brand-new stories set in the noir world of Basin City, including one yarn called "The Long, Bad Night," featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as cocky gambler Johnny.

Why mix in completely original tales with the comic book storylines fans are already familiar with? Rodriguez has a very clear answer, as he explained to MTV News: "The first film was based solely on existing material, and we thought, wouldn't it be fun to go a little bit different with this? Rather than just bring books to life that people are already familiar with and can go out and buy and know what's going to happen, what if we created a couple of new stories from new characters that still intertwine with some of the ones that exist and have an element of surprise for the audience? And for storylines that we really liked, let's pay them off, have them come full circle from the first movie and build a real arc."

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Jon Bernthal

Frank Darabont and Jon Bernthal define the term "bromance." They worked on "The Walking Dead" together. After Darabont was fired, Berthnal also left the AMC series to work on "L.A. Noir" with him. And now, in a new interview, Darabont admits that he thinks Bernthal would be perfect as the lead in the "Conan the Barbarian" movie he'd like to make.

"I talked to Bernthal about that very thing just a couple of months ago," Darabont told io9. "I would still do a Conan movie! It would be an incredibly smart one. Because he could play what we've missed in Conan today on the screen. He's got some wit and he's got some intelligence. He's a canny, wily, brutal guy. Bernthal could play that, he really could."

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Want to know more about the "Sin City" sequel? MTV News has you covered! As part of our 2013 Preview series, we spoke with Robert Rodriguez about his second trip to Basin City and all that it entails, including the casting of Josh Brolin as Dwight McCarthy (and where, if anywhere, Clive Owen fits into the picture), the use of 3-D in the film, and when we'll see a teaser for the October comic book flick.

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Were you hoping to see Joseph Gordon-Levitt make a cameo appearance in "Man of Steel" as Gotham City's new defender? Well, the actor's here to rub some kryptonite all over those hopes — in other words, it's not happening.

"I hadn't heard that one," Gordon-Levitt told MTV's Josh Horowitz at Sundance about the recent flurry of Batman rumors. "It just goes to show how much you can believe rumors."

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Basin City is about to add another resident to its growing population: Bruce Willis is back and ready for action!

That's the word from Robert Rodriguez, who spoke with MTV News at Sundance and tipped his hand over a flurry of "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" details. The highlight is that Willis will be back as Hartigan, the ill-fated detective who killed himself to protect Nancy at the end of the first "Sin City" movie.

"You'll be seeing him," the filmmaker teased.

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Jeremy Piven

It's a popular time to live in "Sin City," as three more high-quality actors have signed on to Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's upcoming sequel.

Ray Liotta, Jeremy Piven and Juno Temple are the latest names to sign on for "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," co-directed by Rodriguez and Miller and due out in theaters this coming fall. The Playlist has the news, but not the specifics on who the actors are playing.

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Goldie and Wendy are back in "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," but don't expect actress Jaime King to have any secrets from set to share. Though she's already completed her part on the upcoming movie, King shot her scenes before any of her costars had been cast.

"I was the first one to shoot on the very first day. I was like, 'So who else is going to be in the movie with me because I'm acting to five pieces of tape?' And they're like, 'Oh, they haven't been cast yet,'" King told MTV News. "Literally, five pieces of tape and someone's hand. They're like, 'This is the other actor."

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The upcoming "300" film, "300: Rise of an Empire," is due out in eight months, and star Rodrigo Santoro says fans have a lot to look forward to. During a conversation with MTV News while promoting "The Last Stand," Santoro teased how "Rise of an Empire" will work alongside "300."

"They're calling it a spinoff. They don't call it a prequel or spinoff. It has bits of backstory and then you jump forward. There's bits of everything," he said. "Zack Snyder, who directed the first one, is producing and wrote this one. There's a new director, but I think that he had a pretty cool vision. They're still following the same patterns and the same language that was used in the first one."

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Josh Brolin

It's getting crowded in "Sin City," as yet another high-profile star has joined Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's upcoming adaptation.

The latest name to be added to the "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" cast is Josh Brolin. The "Men in Black 3" and "Oldboy" actor will be on board as Dwight McCarthy, the photographer played by Clive Owen in the first "Sin City" film.

"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 press release.

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