Joseph Gordon-Levitt has taken the lead in Robert Zemeckis's upcoming 3-D high wire project To Walk the Clouds.

The film centers French tightrope walker, Philippe Petit. The story follows the high-wire artist as he and his co-conspirators ascended the World Trade Center in 1974 to make his famous trek between the two towers. The project is being shot in 3-D in the same vein of Avatar, Life of Pi and Gravity.

Robert Zemeckis is directing from a script he wrote with Christopher Browne. The director will also produce with Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt most recently starred in Don Jon, which he also directed. He will next be seen in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.

Production is slated to begin this May.