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Gordon-Levitt takes high-flying job

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is set to play French high-wire walker Philippe Petit in Reach To The Clouds.

The Don Jon star will take the lead role in Robert Zemeckis' big-screen adaptation of Philippe's memoir of the same name, reported Twitchfilm.com.

Robert has reportedly been interested in making the film since 2011, but development on the movie has been quiet until now.

High-wire walker Philippe, the subject of James Marsh's Oscar-winning 2008 documentary Man On Wire, became famous in 1974 when he walked - without permission - across a wire strung 1,350 feet above the ground between the twin towers of the World Trade Centre in New York.

Joseph - the star, director and writer of romantic comedy Don Jon - will next lend his voice to Jiro Horikoshi in Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises, and will star in the Sin City sequel, A Dame To Kill For, alongside Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis and Lady Gaga.

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