A new IMAX trailer for Robert Zemeckis’ high-wire biopic The Walk plays up the high-stakes drama surrounding Philippe Petit’s daring attempt to walk across a tightrope strung between the rooftops of New York City’s World Trade Center towers. Anyone interested in the result of Petit’s stunt could simply look it up online; what Zemeckis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are attempting to do, however, is ratchet up the tension experienced by Petit and his camp of co-conspirators leading up to the historic event. The new trailer goes a long way toward getting the heart racing, but this is one film that’s going to have to be experienced on the big screen to appreciate it to its fullest effect.
Also starring Charlotte Le Bon, Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale, Ben Schwartz, Clément Sibony and César Domboy, The Walk opens in limited release on September 30th before expanding in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D formats on October 9th. Additionally, the New York Film Festival has announced that the movie will be their opening night feature, putting it in the history books alongside Gone Girl, Captain Phillips, and Life of Pi.
Watch the new IMAX trailer for The Walk below:
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.