It was announced earlier this week thatRobert Zemeckis‘ latest movie The Walk, which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, would be the Opening Night selection of the 2015 New York Film Festival, their 53rd annual event. Each year, the festival launches a number of titles into the Oscar race, so one has to assume that this film is no exception, particularly with it in the opening slot. There’s also a new Trailer for the flick that I have to share with you, since it’s fairly terrific. It’s been a good 24 hours or so for The Walk, that’s for sure. Especially if it has a strong debut at the fest in the fall, this is one to now reckon with. The film is a narrative version of the true life tale told in the documentary Man on Wire. It follows high-wire artist Philippe Petit (Gordon-Levitt) as he daringly attempts to walk across the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974. Gordon-Levitt is in the lead role of the French acrobat, with supporting players including Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale, Charlotte Le Bon, Ben Schwartz, and more. Zemeckis co-writes with Christopher Browne and directs here, with the adaptation they penned based on Petit’s book called To Reach the Clouds. If done properly, this should be a thrilling real life drama that appeals both to audiences as well as the Academy. Honestly, considering the track record that NYFF has with Opening Night films, this selection should immediately be one we put on Oscar’s radar. Take a look below and stay tuned for more on The Walk, which hits in October.
Here’s the new Trailer:
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