Joseph Gordon-Levitt has scored the lead role in Robert Zemeckis’ new biopic project “To Reach the Clouds”.
The film follows the life of French high-wire walker Philippe Petit, whose stunts were chronicled in 2008’s acclaimed documentary “Man on Wire”.
Based on Petit’s own memoir, the story centers around Petit’s feat of walking across a wire between New York City’s Twin Towers in 1974 – a stunt he spent six years planning and preparing for.
Because he’d executed his stunt without official permission, he was arrested as soon as he stepped off the wire. All charges against him were ultimately dropped.
In his time, Petit also performed high wire walks between the towers of Notre Dame de Paris, and the north pylons of the Sydney Harbor Bridge.
It’s presently unknown if the project will be Zemeckis’ next film.