TORONTO — Movie star Joseph Gordon-Levitt will be spending most of his summer working in Canada.
The 33-year-old star of Inception, Looper and Lincoln is set to play French high wire artist Philippe Petit in the 3D feature film The Walk.
Petit is best known for his unauthorized crossing on a 450-pound cable stretched between New York City’s World Trade Center towers in August 1974.
A 2008 British documentary, Man on Wire, told the story of his daring feat and won both a BAFTA and Oscar. Petit is now 64.
The Walk — which has also been titled To Walk the Clouds — will be directed by Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Forrest Gump).
It is scheduled to shoot in Montreal from late May to the end of July.
Gordon-Levitt made 2008’s Killshot in the Toronto area and starred in the 2011 drama 50/50, which was partly filmed in Vancouver.
Last September, he attended the Toronto International Film Festival to promote his feature directorial debut Don Jon, in which he starred opposite Scarlett Johansson.
Montreal is also standing in for New York beginning in May for filming of Brooklyn starring Saoirse Ronan and Jim Broadbent.
Directed by John Crowley, it’s an adaptation of Colm Tóibin’s novel of the same name about a young Irish woman who emigrates to America in the 1950s.
Stonewall, by director Roland Emmerich, is using Montreal to tell the story of the 1969 gay riots in New York City.
Cameras will also roll in Montreal this summer on Race, a biopic about track star Jesse Owens’ quest for Olympic gold, starring John Boyega in the lead role as well as Jeremy Irons and Geoffrey Rush.
Montreal is also hosting its own Jay Baruchel for a big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s short story The Ten O’Clock People, also starring Rachel Nichols (Continuum).