Canadian actress Charlotte Lebon, who is upcoming in Disney/ DreamWorks’ The Hundred Foot Journey, is in talks to join Joseph Gordon-Levitt in TriStar and Robert Zemeckis‘ untitled movie about high-wire artist Philippe Petit’s walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974. She will play Petit’s girlfriend Annie in the feature based on Petit’s memoir To Reach The Clouds. Annie is described as a wafer-thin street-performing mime who becomes angry with Philippe for stealing away her audience. She agrees to forgive him on the condition that he buys her a glass of wine, and the two fall quickly in love. Ben Kingsley and James Badge Dale are also in the cast.
Zemeckis’ 3D feature is the first to come from Tom Rothman under the revived TriStar banner at Sony. The pic will be done with the spectacle of Avatar, Life Of Pi and Gravity, with a fun and daring subplot that makes the film one part Ocean’s Eleven as Petit and his cohorts snuck to the top of the towers and managed to shoot a line across and get the rigging ready in time for Petit to shock the world in what is also a love letter to the Twin Towers and a simpler time gone by. Petit’s feat was chronicled in James Marsh’s 2008 documentary Man On Wire that won the Best Documentary Feature Oscar.
Lebon most recently starred in Yves Saint Laurent, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and is will be released by The Weinstein Company on June 25. She is next up opposite Helen Mirren in Hundred-Foot Journey for director Lasse Hallstrom, a drama about an Indian restaurant and a three-Michelin-star joint across the street from each other in southern France. Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Juliet Blake are producing. Lebon is repped by UTA and Adéquat in France.