Ben Schwartz Joins Robert Zemeckis' Philippe Petit Movie

He tightrope walk with Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Reach The Clouds


Usually found being funny in Parks And Recreation or any number of film guest star appearances, Ben Schwartz is planning something slightly different for his next role. He’s set to join Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Robert Zemeckis’ next project, the Philippe Petit movie working titled To Reach The Clouds.

Whether the finished film retains that title – which it would share with Petit's memoir – remains to be seen. We do know, however, that it will chronicle the daredevil's attempt to tightrope walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center back in 1974, as well as other moments in Petit’s life.

Schwartz is on to play Albert, one of Petit’s team who harbours serious reservations about the stunt, which was also chronicled in James Marsh’s documentary Man On Wire. The cast already includes Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale, Charlotte Le Bon and Steve Valentine, with Zemeckis co-writing the script alongside Christopher Browne and planning to shoot the movie in 3D.

Whatever it ends up named, the film should sway into UK cinemas on October 2 next year. Schwartz will next be seen in Shawn Levy’s family comedy drama This Is Where I Leave You, which is due for release in the States on September 12.