Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s walking the line with this one – the extended IMAX trailer for his new film The Walk has been released, and it’s pretty intense!
The film is a biopic of Philippe Petit – the incredible high-wire artist who earned world renown back in 1974 by doing a tightrope walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre in New York. He stayed up there for 45 minutes and resisted police attempts to get him to come down, choosing only to do so when it started raining!
As you can tell from the trailer, director Robert Zemeckis is going for a nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat kind of movie – I had to remind myself to breathe watching the trailer, let alone the movie itself!
Now, this story has been told on film before, with British director James Marsh winning numerous awards, including a BAFTA and an Oscar, for his documentary Man on Wire.
The daring Frenchman himself will be played by Gordon-Levitt, of Inception and The Dark Knight Rises fame. Back in 2013 he wrote, directed and starred in his own movie Don Jon, and he was the executive producer as well as star in 2012’s Looper, and we’ve all seen that incredible Jimmy Fallon lip-sync of his, right?
In addition to all of the above, he is also director of the “Open Collaborative Production Company” HitRecord, which allows artists from all over the world to collaborate and contribute to projects in all kinds of media – what a multi-talented guy!
Gordon-Levitt is also set to star in Snowden in 2016 – another biopic, this time of Edward Snowden – the CIA operative who leaked NSA intel back in 2013.
Opposite him in The Walk, Sir Ben Kingsley stars as Petit’s advisor, whose push for more safety precautions were ignored by the determined daredevil!
You can catch The Walk in US cinemas September 30!
Watch the trailer below!
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