First Look: Joseph Gordon-Levitt in 'Man on Wire' Tale 'The Walk'

August 7, 2014
Source: USA Today

The Walk

Earlier this year we heard that Cast Away and Forrest Gump director Robert Zemeckis was teaming up with actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt to tell the story of Phillippe Petit, the man who did a high wire walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center back in 1974. The film was originally called To Reach the Clouds, based on Petit's book of the same name, but now it will be known as The Walk as it heads to theaters on October 2nd, 2015. Production just wrapped on the narrative film inspired by James Marsh's documentary Man on Wire, and two first look photos from the 2015 film have just emerged. Look below!

Here's the first two photos from Robert Zemeckis' The Walk from USA Today:

The Walk

The Walk

And here's a video from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, posted on his HitRecord site, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the actual high wire stunt. In it, he asks users to share their impossible dreams. Watch:

Guided by his mentor, Papa Rudy (Ben Kingsley), and aided by an unlikely band of international recruits, Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and his gang overcome long odds, betrayals, dissension and countless close calls to conceive and execute their mad plan to walk in the immense void between the World Trade Center towers. James Badge Dale, Ben Schwartz, Charlotte Le Bon, Clément Sibony and César Domboy also star in The Walk, directed by Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Cast Away, Forrest Gump), and shot using innovative photorealistic techniques and IMAX 3D wizardry. The film arrives October 2nd, 2015.

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Maybe it's me, but he looks a lot younger. Must be the hairstyle. What a lame title.

OfficialJab on Aug 7, 2014


The title is totally weak....

TheOct8pus on Aug 7, 2014


The documentary was great. Petit is a wacky character. This could make a great movie.

TheOct8pus on Aug 7, 2014


Feel like I would just watch the documentary. Rather than a dramatized version of it.

Brian Sleider on Aug 7, 2014


I think there's room for both. Loved Man on Wire, but there are things a movie can do differently, and this could be a great complement to Petit's story. Robert Zemeckis is an excellent visual artist and Joseph Gordon-Levitt does great character work.

bb on Aug 7, 2014


I fear over dramatization. If they keep true to events and do not fuck with facts it would be fine. But given the track record of Hollywood I think skepticism is fair.

Brian Sleider on Aug 7, 2014


With this particular story, I don't think that's going to be an issue. The screenplay is based on Petit's memoir, and there's material that wasn't covered in Man on Wire that I think would make for a very amusing, entertaining backstory, as well as a fitting prologue. Lots of opportunities here to tell more of the story without making anything up, and I'm looking forward to seeing how Zemeckis and team approach it.

bb on Aug 7, 2014



Xerxexx on Aug 7, 2014


They took like ten years off JGL with that wig! LOL

DAVIDPD on Aug 7, 2014

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