Few directors have as consistently solid a filmography as Oscar-winner Robert Zemeckis. His body of work includes the Back to the Future trilogy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Forrest Gump and Castaway, among other noteworthy movies. Point being, when Zemeckis lines up a new project, Hollywood (and the rest of the film-loving world) tends to notice.

Making matters even more interesting is the ambitious nature of his latest directorial effort, The Walk. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as French high-wire artist Philippe Petit, who aims to accomplish the impossible by crossing a tightrope strung between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974. A teaser trailer was released a few months ago helps to sell the spectacle of Petit’s mission, but it offered little in the way of actual story details.

Sony Pictures has now provided full-length “global” trailer (see above) – and, as you would expect, it sheds more light on the personal journey that leads Petit to attempt his daredevil feat with the Twin Towers – not to mention, all the preparation that’s necessary for him to accomplish this dangerous (and illegal) task.

The cast for The Walk is rounded out by such names as Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale and Charlotte Le Bon. Zemeckis, in addition to directing, co-wrote the film’s script with his longtime collaborator Christopher Browne – drawing from the real-life Petit’s memoir, “To Reach The Clouds”. We also have a new poster for the movie (see below), which further conveys the deadly aspects of Petit’s undertaking.

The Walk The Walk Global Trailer: Step on the Wire

Zemeckis’ last film, the Denzel Washington vehicle Flight, similarly dealt with a potentially-deadly event with life-changing effects for its protagonist. However, in this case, Petit’s walk seemingly occurs late in the film, and the drama comes from the guts and drive to pursue such an extreme ambition. Gordon-Levitt has been consistently strong onscreen for years, and his role here could be a real showcase of his acting ability. Washington earned an Oscar nomination for his collaboration with Zemeckis – could it be Gordon-Levitt’s turn here?

The public’s relative familiarity with Petit’s Twin Towers walk – he was already the subject of the Oscar-winning 2008 documentary Man on Wire from director James Marsh (The Theory of Everything) – and the promise of some insanely beautiful 3D visuals should help The Walk reach an even wider audience when it is released this fall. It’s a prime example of what happens when a prestige picture aims to have blockbuster appeal – and with any luck, The Walk can manage to please audiences looking for both.

The Walk opens in U.S. theaters on October 2nd, 2015.

Source: Sony Pictures

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