It's been nearly a decade since "Sin City" hit theaters, but fans will soon be able to return to the seedy, crime-ridden cesspool known as Basin City in the upcoming "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For."
Dimension held a press conference earlier today with stars Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Eva Green and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, where they discussed the sequel's original storylines, green screen technique, the possibility of further "Sin City" yarns and Alba's dance moves.
Based on Miller's Dark Horse Comics series, the sequel includes two chapters based on existing storylines -- "A Dame to Kill For" and the brief "Just Another Saturday Night" -- plus the original stories "The Fat Loss" (originally titled "Nancy's Last Dance") and "The Long, Bad Night."
It brings together characters seen in the first film -- Alba as Nancy, Bruce Willis as Hartigan, Mickey Rouke as Marv, among others -- along with some new faces, most notably Green as femme fatale Ava, Gordon-Levitt as the new character Johnny, and Brolin as Dwight (played by Clive Owen in the first film).
Since the original 2005 film's release, some actors have been replaced (Jamie Chung took over for Devon Aoki, while Dennis Haysbert stepped in for the late, great Michael Clarke Duncan).
While the first film stuck to adapting pre-published tales, "Dame" expands the "Sin" universe with intersecting storylines taking place before and after the first film, allowing dead guys like Rourke's Marv to return.
The new stories ensure that even the comics' biggest fans will be going in somewhat cold. As Rodriguez explained, "people can't just go buy the book and know what happens [in the movie]."
Among the newcomers, Brolin seemed to have fit in just fine, once he was used to shooting in a giant green room in Austin, Texas, although the noir-inflected dialogue initially tripped him up.
"You have to find the cadence," he admitted," the cadence doesn't come to you. It's the kind of movie you really have to dive into. You can't manipulate the movie. And you can't manipulate Frank Miller's mind."
Miller laughed and said, "many have tried."
"I was a big fan of the first movie, but this one is different," Brolin claimed. "The opportunity to be able to do it was really unnerving, but when I watched it it was one of the few movies that I've done where I thought, 'Thank God I'm in this movie. I'm really proud to be in this movie.'"
"I would go see a few times if weren't in it, but because I'm in it, it would seem pretentious," he laughed.
Fellow rookie Gordon-Levitt also felt the excitement on set, saying he grew up loving Rodriguez's earlier films. The "Dark Knight Rises" star suggested that being in a "Sin City" movie was akin to living out childhood fantasies of starring in your own animated show.
LIke the original, the sequel finds Rodriguez and Miller trying to recreate the stark, dark look of the black and white comic, shooting entirely against a greenscreen, with the scenery being added later, and digitally manipulating the lighting and design of the film in post-production.
"You get to become a cartoon in a way," Gordon-Levitt explained, adding that such escapist fare is a good way for actors -- and the audience -- to abandon reality. "We're not in the real world," he added.
Go to page two to read about Eva Green and Jessica Alba's experiences on the film, the sequel's 3D style, and news about a potential third film.