Here’s a surprise from Sony that wasn’t forcefully revealed by hackers: A first-look teaser for The Walk, the debut feature from Tom Rothman’s revived Sony-based TriStar Productions, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as real life high wire artist Philippe Petit. Robert Zemeckis directs the 3D experiential film set in 1974, when Frenchman Petit attempted a daring cross of the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers, gravity and arrogance his only nemeses. Well, they were simpler times. Petit’s story was immortalized in the Oscar-winning 2008 documentary Man On Wire.
Gordon-Levitt most recently hit the big screen in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and taps a background in gymnastics and add a Petit accent for The Walk, which marks Zemeckis’ latest directorial effort after Flight. Zemeckis co-scripted with Christopher Browne based on Petit’s memoirs and is also producing with ImageMovers’ Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey. Sony has set an October 2, 2015 release.