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Joseph Gordon-Levitt to play wire-walker Philippe Petit

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Inception

Story by Jack Foley

JOSEPH Gordon-Levitt has been confirmed as the lead in Robert Zemeckis’s To Walk The Clouds.

The actor will play real-life wire-walker Philippe Petit in the film, which will chronicle how he memorably tightrope-walked between the World Trade Centre towers in 1974.

The story of Petit’s exploits has already been turned into an Oscar and BAFTA winning documentary, Man on Wire, by James Marsh.

But Zemeckis is keen to put a movie spin on it and will shoot the picture in 3D. He said it will be “one part protagonist chasing a crazy impossible dream, and another part caper pic”.

Gordon-Levitt has been linked to the role for some time. But confirming the casting via his Twitter account, the young actor – whose film credits include Inception and The Dark Knight Rises – said: “Mesdames et Messieurs, it’s official. I will have the distinct honour of working for Mr Robert Zemeckis!”

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