Joseph Gordon-Levitt takes ‘The Walk’ – first images revealed

Robert Zemeckis drama based on the true story of 'Man on Wire' Phillipe Petit

Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as high-wire walker Phillipe Petit in Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk. The film is based on the true story of Petit’s daring and illegal high-altitude quest to walk between the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center in 1974.

The subject of the Oscar-winning documentary Man On Wire, the film’s producer Tom Rothman has described The Walk as Gravity meets Ocean’s Eleven.

Robert Zemeckis has form with tall tales like Back to the Future, Castaway and Forrest Gump.

A press release for his new film reveals “innovative photorealistic techniques and IMAX 3D wizardry” will bring Petit’s adventure to life promising “a chance for moviegoers to viscerally experience the feeling of reaching the clouds”.

An official synopsis describes the story in lofty terms:

“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.

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.”

Also starring Charlotte Le Bon, James Badge Dale, Ben Schwartz, Clément Sibony and César Domboy, The Walk begins on October 2nd.

Described by The Sunday Times as “one of the greatest heist films of all time” get a taste of what to expect from The Walk – watch the trailer for Man on Wire below: