In 1974, French artist Philippe Petit became a worldwide sensation for walking on a tightrope between the World Trade Center towers.  It was a daring and dangerous stunt, as the artist is risking his life to walk on a the tightrope. However, the astounding event became the highlight of his life.

Philippe Petit later released a memoir called “To Reach the Clouds”, which include the story that has been detailed in James Marsh’s Oscar-winning documentary, “Man On Wire.” But the book alone isn’t enough to glorify the highlight of his film.

The Walk Annie and Philippe Petit


His story has now been adapted into a live-action feature film with Joseph Gordon-Levitt portraying Philippe Petit.

Titled “The Walk“, the film centres on Philippe Petit, a young dreamer who dared to do the impossible by doing an illegal wire walk between the World Trade Center towers. The film is set to bring an emotional, character-driven story with innovative photorealistic techniques and IMAX 3D wizardry.

Directed by Robert Zemeckis, the film also stars Charlotte Le Bon as Petit’s long-time girlfriend Annie, whom he later breaks up with after the walk. British actor Ben Kingsley plays Petit’s real-life mentor Papa Rude while Petit’s gang will be played by James Badge Dale, Ben Schwartz, Clément Sibony, and César Domboy. Petit and his gang will overcome long odds, betrayals, dissension, and countless close calls to conceive and execute their mad plan.

Watch the trailer here:

“The Walk” will be released in cinemas near you on 2nd October 2015.

For more information, check out the movie’s official website or Facebook page. They’re also on Twitter here so follow them for more timely updates!

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