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New Trailer for THE WALK Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Posted on June 4, 2015 at 11:24 am by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

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Sony Pictures has released a new The Walk trailer for director Robert Zemeckis’ 3D film about high-wire walker Philippe Petit.  The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Petit and revolves around the planning and execution of his daring, illegal 1974 tightrope walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center.

This is a great trailer even though Zemeckis’ movie exists in the shadow of the excellent documentary, Man on Wire.  Still, the trailer does a good job at selling the “heist” aspect of the story (Petit and his crew didn’t have permission to perform the high-wire act, so they had to sneak in to set it up) while also giving everything some dramatic heft.  Also, Gordon-Levitt has a good French accent, so that’s something that won’t be distracting.  But the best part of the trailer is the sound the wire tension makes when he starts to walk on it.

Watch the new The Walk trailer below.  The film also stars Charlotte Le Bon, Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale, Ben Schwartz, Clément Sibony and César Domboy.  The Walk opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on October 2nd.  Additionally, the New York Film Festival has announced that the movie will be their opening night feature, which puts it in the company of films such as Gone Girl, Captain Phillips, and Life of Pi.

Trailer via Sony Pictures.

Here’s the official synopsis for The Walk:

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.

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