Directed by James Marsh (this year’s “Theory of Everything”), the original “Man on Wire” told the story of amazing French artist Philippe Petit who, in 1974, walked a high-wire between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Petit in “The Walk,” which costars Ben Kingsley and will be released in 3D and IMAX by Sony on October 2, 2015. The film wrapped shooting in Montreal in August, coinciding with the 40th anniversary of Petit’s feat. Here’s the official synopsis, which promises “innovative photorealistic techniques and IMAX 3D wizardry”:
“Twelve people have walked on the moon, but only one man has ever, or will ever, walk in the immense void between the World Trade Center towers. Guided by his real-life mentor, Papa Rudy (Ben Kingsley), and aided by an unlikely band of international recruits, Petit and his gang overcome long odds, betrayals, dissension and countless close calls to conceive and execute their mad plan. Robert Zemeckis, the director of such marvels as Forrest Gump, Cast Away, Back to the Future, Polar Express and Flight, again uses cutting edge technology in the service of an emotional, character-driven story. With innovative photorealistic techniques and IMAX 3D wizardry, ‘The Walk’ is true big-screen cinema, a chance for moviegoers to viscerally experience the feeling of reaching the clouds. The film is a love letter to Paris and New York City in the 1970s, but most of all, to the Towers of the World Trade Center.”
Gordon-Levitt, meanwhile, is also slated to play Edward Snowden for director Oliver Stone.