Joseph Gordon-Levitt walks the line in the first trailer for The Walk

Heights are something that can make people extremely uneasy and if you’re one of the millions of people that suffer from acrophobia, or a fear of heights, then you might want to skip the trailer below. I’m indifferent to heights, but I found my palms sweating as I was watching Joseph Gordon-Levitt lay on a wire across the twin towers. The film is based on the book by Philippe Petit, which was also the basis for the documentary MAN ON WIRE. I’m not sure if it’s going to hit the mark when it comes to storytelling and plot development, but it sure looks like it’s going to hit a home run in the special effects department. Check out the intense trailer below.

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. THE WALK stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon, James Badge Dale, Clément Sibony, César Domboy, Benedict Samuel, Ben Schwartz and Steve Valentine. The Robert Zemeckis directed film hits theaters on October 2nd.

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