Los Angeles: Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been approached to star in Robert Zemeckis` new film about high-wire artist Philippe Petit, `To Reach The Clouds`.
The 32-year-old `Don Jon` star is being lined up to play hilippe Petit in the project, which is based on James Marsh`s Oscar-winning 2008 documentary, `Man On Wire`, reported Deadline.
The script has already been penned by `Flight` director Zemeckis and co-writer Christopher Browne, with the movie expected to draw largely from Petit`s 2002 memoir.
The French adventurer gained fame for his high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City in August 1974.
The film is reportedly being planned in a 3D format, which would offer a spectacular visual experience as Petit balances high above the city.
It is expected to focus how Petit, guided by a mentor, plots with his relatives and girlfriend to sneak up to the top of one of the Towers at night, stringing a 450-pound cable from one building to the other before beginning his daring exploit.
Zemeckis is also currently attached to make an adaptation of Patrick Ness` `Chaos Walking`, children`s tale `The Miraculous Journey Of Edward Tulane`, and war drama `Marwencol`, so it is not yet known when `To Reach The Clouds` will begin production.