The new teaser for The Walk opens with Joseph Gordon-Levitt in retro clothing and a dull haircut, stepping out on the roof of a skyscraper. He looks around; he feels the breeze.
The skyscraper is one of the two World Trade Center towers, and the character is Philippe Petit, a French high-wire artist. Philippe approaches the edge of the building, looks out across the gray sprawl of New York City, and almost gets blown over by a gust of wind. This rooftop will be Philippe’s Everest, and on August 7th, 1974, he’ll walk a tightrope across this 1300-foot void.
The Walk is the story of how the act was achieved (illegally, and with quite a lot of stealth), and the obsessive athlete/artist at its root. Director Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Forest Gump) deliberately selected Gordon-Levitt for the lead role. This fictionalized account will hopefully deliver the same excitement and intrigue as the 2008 award-winning documentary Man On Wire.
There’s not much to see in the teaser except the view, and if you weren’t familiar with the real world context, the entire thing might roll over your head. But Gordon-Levitt is a star pick for any feature, the true story is exciting, and I’ll be keeping my eye on this when it comes out.
The Walk opens October 2, 2015. It stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon, Ben Schwartz, and James Badge Dale.