Joseph Gordon-Levitt gets high in The Walk teaser trailer

You’ll believe a man can balance

In a week of surprise releases from Sony, one is probably causing them fewer headaches than all the others – this short teaser trailer for upcoming film The Walk, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as real-life French high-wire walker Philippe Petit.

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Petit gained fame for his 1974 walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre in New York, which was immortalised in Oscar-winning 2008 documentary Man on Wire. The unauthorised feat saw him make eight passes along the wire for 45 minutes, 1,350 feet above the ground.

Man on Wire featured re-enactments of Petit’s walk (as well as preparation footage and still photos ) but director Robert Zemeckis’ interpretation of events has the advantage of immersive 3D – and if there was ever a film that deserved an extra dimension to gawp at, it’s this.

From the short trailer, it looks like Gordon-Levitt is nailing the acrobatic side of the role – we’ll just have to wait and see if his French accent is quite so nimble.

The Walk will be released in October 2015


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