Robert Zemeckis’ High-Wire Movie Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Philipe Petit Retitled THE WALK, Plus the First Image of Gordon-Levitt in Character

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Up until today, we’ve been referring to Robert Zemeckis’ untitled 3D picture as To Reach the Clouds, since it was adapted from high-wire artist Philippe Petit’s memoir of the same name.  Now, courtesy of social media and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Charlotte Le Bon, it looks like the film has been retitled The Walk.  Gordon-Levitt plays Petit, whose “artistic crime of the century” saw him and his co-conspirators sneak to the top of the World Trade Center in 1974 in order to make his famous attempt at crossing between the two towers.

Also starring Ben Kingsley and James Badge DaleThe Walk is slated to open October 2, 2015.  Hit the jump to check out a behind-the-scenes image of Gordon-Levitt and Le Bon on set of The Walk.

The title change and new set image from The Walk come courtesy of Gordon-Levitt himself via his Facebook page:

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Le Bon got in on the fun as well through her Twitter account and posted the same image, hashtagging it #greenscreen just to let us know they weren’t shooting atop a skyscraper.  Petit himself shared the image on his own Facebook page, which confirmed that the film was actually shooting in Montreal.  You may have heard Petit’s story before, whether in the news or in the 2008 James Marsh-directed documentary Man on Wire (which, coincidentally, is now available to stream on Netflix and/or Amazon), but this will be the first dramatized telling of it.

to-reach-the-clouds-book-coverIf reading is more your speed, then take a look at the synopsis from Petit’s memoir, “To Reach the Clouds” (via Amazon):

One late-summer day, a feat of unimaginable audacity was perpetrated on the twin towers of the World Trade Center. The year was 1974. A hundred thousand people gathered on the ground to watch in awe as twenty-four-year-old high wire artist Philippe Petit made eight crossings between the all-but-completed towers, a quarter mile above the earth, over the course of nearly an hour.

Petit’s achievement made headlines around the world. Yet few who saw or heard about it realized that it was the fulfillment of a dream he had nurtured for six years, rekindling it each time it was in danger of expiring. His accomplices were a motley crew of foreigners and Americans, who under Petit’s direction had conpired, connived, labored, argued, rehearsed, and improvised to make possible an act of unsurpassed aerial artistry.

In this visually and verbally stunning book, Petit tells for the first time the dramatic story of this history-making walk, from conception and clandestine planning to the performance and its aftermath. The account draws on Petit’s journals, which capture everything from his budgets to his strategies for rigging a high wire in the dead of night between two of the most secure towers in the world. It is animated by photographs taken by two of Petit’s collaborators, and by his own wonderfully evocative sketches and unquenchable humor.




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  • Dan_K

    The Walk is a really bland title. I preferred To Reach The Clouds. That’s all for my daily dose of pedantry!

    • dude

      To Reach The Clouds seem a little too cheesy, The Walk in my opinion has a much better ring to it. But hey, opinions!

      • Dan_K

        One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, dude! I must say, I’m potentially very excited about the movie regardless of what it’s called.

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  • James Franco

    Charlotte le Bon looks really cute

    • MichaelRWorthingon
      • James Franco

        Nice!!!!

    • Blair

      She looks soooo much like Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel) in that photo. I thought it was her, initially.

      • James Franco

        Yes and she also looks like a younger version of Winona Ryder

      • milo

        Honestly I saw that picture and I thought she looked just like Bret McKenzie.

      • James Franco

        Who’s Bret Mckenzie?

  • Neo Racer

    Will he make or not?! HMMM THE TENSION! THE DRAMA..

  • CJ

    He does look very… French.

  • Redjester

    I seriously hope JGL both knows french and can do a convincing French accent in English. Otherwise, they should have gone with a French actor. It’s not like there’s a shortage of French actors out there.

    • francophile

      JGL speaks fluent French and according to native French speakers, he has an impeccable French accent. How that translates into English with a French accent, we will see, but I have no worries.

  • Redjester

    Minor quibble, but JGL’s hair looks nothing like Philippe Petit’s. That and he’s trying a bit too hard to look French in that photograph above.

    Personally, I would have given it to James McAvoy if they weren’t going to choose a French actor. For younger French actors I would have gone with Gaspard Ulliel.
    Vincent Cassel would have been perfect if he were younger as well.

    • Guest

      For me the most important things, and really the only important things, are whether the actor is a good actor and fit to portray the character. JGL seems very like Petit himself–a highly driven and focused, boundlessly spirited, adventuresome showman. Gordon-Levitt has always nailed every role I’ve seen, and this one seems tailor made for him, so I’m excited for this.

    • Guest

      I wouldn’t call that photo a “first look.” JGL posted it on his Twitter with the caption “Me and Charlotte being ridiculous on set” so it’s not a film still, they were just posing for goofy selfies as JGL is wont to do with fellow actors on his Twitter feed.

  • Redjester

    Last comment regarding this film: If you haven’t already, go check out ‘Man on Wire’. Such an inspirational film.

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  • ervin

    they still can’t get the wigs right… why the hell didn’t they just let him grow some hair for couple of months, it’s not like he’s bruce willis or something… oh, wait, he is.

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