The “Parks and Recreation” and “House of Lies” star has big plans for his summer hiatus
“Parks and Recreation” and “House of Lies” star Ben Schwartz will spend his summer hiatus joining Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Robert Zemeckis’ new TriStar movie about famed tightrope walker Philippe Petit, an individual familiar with the untitled project told TheWrap.
The project is based on Petit's memoir “To Reach the Clouds,” though it's unclear whether that will ultimately serve as the title of the movie.
Gordon-Levitt stars as Petit, who famously walked across the Twin Towers with the help of a specialized team. Schwartz is expected to play ‘Albert,’ one of Petit's conspirators who was skeptical of the dangerous endeavor.
Christopher Browne wrote the script with Zemeckis, who is producing with Steve Starkey and Jack Rapke. Jackie Levine and Cherylanne Martin will executive produce.
Schwartz, who plays Jean-Ralphio on NBC's beloved sitcom “Parks and Rec,” also stars alongside Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell on Showtime's “House of Lies,” the latter of which will return in 2015. On the big screen, Schwartz recently appeared in “Runner Runner” and “Better Living Through Chemistry,” and he also has a major role in Shawn Levy's upcoming WB comedy “This Is Where I Leave You,” which stars Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Rose Byrne and Adam Driver.
A prolific writer and comedian, Schwartz is represented by WME, managers Jesse Hara and Rachel Miller at Haven Entertainment and attorney Lev Ginsburg.