First Trailer: Robert Zemeckis’ “The Walk”

The superb first trailer has been released for Robert Zemeckis’ “The Walk,” his narrative biopic of French aerialist Philippe Petit’s high wire walk between the 110-story twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center in 1974. The attempt was previously covered in the 2008 doco “Man on Wire”, but this will be a more straightforward film and will be done in IMAX 3D.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt takes on the role and Zemeckis’ penchant for visual effects are in full display here with the trailer’s depiction of Petit on one of the tower rooftops getting an idea of the conditions in which he has to make this attempt. It’s an excellent preview with gorgeous music, strong visual scope and feelings of both inspiration and vertigo.

Speaking with EW, TriStar Pictures’ Tom Rothman says: “When it comes time to step on the wire – and take you where only one human being in history has gone, and no one will ever be again – [Zemeckis] does it in visual ways that abso-f–king-lutely blow your mind. There are shots in the third act of this film that literally take your breath away.”

Charlotte Le Bon, James Badge Dale, Ben Schwartz, and Ben Kingsley star in the film which opens October 2nd 2015.