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First Images of Joseph Gordon-Levitt In Robert Zemeckis’ ‘Man on Wire’ Drama ‘The Walk’

Written by on August 7, 2014 

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While James Marsh delivered the best documentary imaginable on the subject with Man on Wire, Robert Zemeckis has recently wrapped his narrative take on the events with The Walk. Based on Philippe Petit’s book To Reach the Clouds, it follows Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the man who performed the illegal wire walk between the World Trade Center towers.

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the events and for the occasion, the first images and teaser art have dropped, which feature our lead planning the events and the crew that helped him pull it off. As a major fan of Marsh’s film, I’m greatly looking forward to what Zemeckis, a supremely talented visual artist, has in store, particularly with IMAX 3D. Also starring James Badge Dale, Ben Schwartz, Charlotte Le Bon, Clément Sibony and César Domboy, check out the images below.

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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.

The Walk opens on October 2nd, 2015.


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