Sony Pictures has released the first The Walk trailer and poster. Robert Zemeckis‘ film is based on the true story of the illegal 1974 tightrope walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center by high-wire walker Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt). This trailer really functions more like an announcement. If you don’t know about the film, you’ll be intrigued, but choosing to release the first trailer now when the movie is almost a year a way is basically saying, “See you in the awards hunt next year, kids!” That’s not to say it will be a bad movie, and at the very least, the dizzying heights will probably be worth the IMAX 3D ticket.
Hit the jump to check out The Walk trailer and poster. The film also stars Charlotte Le Bon, Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale, Ben Schwartz, Clément Sibony and César Domboy. The Walk opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on October 2, 2015.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Walk:
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.