ABOVE: Watch the teaser trailer for The Walk.
TORONTO — Joseph Gordon-Levitt climbs atop one of the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center in a teaser trailer released Tuesday for the made-in-Montreal film The Walk.
The iconic buildings — destroyed in terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 — were recreated digitally for the film, which was directed by Robert Zemeckis (Cast Away, Forrest Gump).
Shot in Montreal this past summer, the movie tells the true story of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit’s 1974 mission to do an unauthorized walk between the towers.
“Even impossible dreams begin with a single step,” the trailer declares.
Petit’s adventure was the focus of the 2002 book To Reach the Clouds and the 2003 children’s picture book The Man Who Walked Between the Towers.
Petit, now 65, was also the subject of a 2008 documentary entitled Man on Wire.
In The Walk, 33-year-old Gordon-Levitt portrays Petit, who was about to turn 25 when he did the stunt.
Gordon-Levitt made 2008’s Killshot in the Toronto area and starred in the 2011 drama 50/50, which was partly filmed in Vancouver.
The Walk is not the first time the World Trade Center has been recreated in Canada. For the 2006 TV miniseries The Path to 9/11, Toronto’s TD Centre doubled as the twin towers.
The movie also stars Ben Kingsley and several Canadian actors including Charlotte Le Bon (The Hundred-Foot Journey) and Sergio Di Zio (Flashpoint).
The Walk will be released in 3D and 3D IMAX in October 2015.